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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Certain Agency Requests

Due to COVID-19, USCIS previously announced in March that the agency would allow flexibility in responding to certain agency requests by the listed deadline in order to assist applicants and petitioners. USCIS has chosen to extend the deadline flexibility to September. This flexibility applies to the below requests if the issuance date listed on the […]

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F-1 Students – Caution Ahead! SEVP Issues Updated Guidance for Online Classes

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer, Richmond, VA Regulations require F and M students to limit online classes to one class or three credit hours per semester. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) originally instituted a temporary exemption that allowed F and M students to take more online courses than normally allowed for purposes of […]

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Spreading the Wealth: Immigration Increases Employment Rates for U.S. Workers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In light of recent immigration restrictions, we would like to remind everyone of the economic benefit (among many other benefits) that immigrants bring to the United States. Recently, the Business Roundtable created a study examining the positive economic impact that immigration creates. The report found that immigration increases: […]

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Temporary Suspension of H, L, and J Visas – What You Need to Know

On April 22, 2020, Donald Trump issued a proclamation that restricts the entry of certain type of immigrants (foreign nationals entering the US as legal permanent residents of the US). Late on June 22, 2020, Mr. Trump issued an update on that proclamation, which extends and expands the proclamation. What does this mean? This means […]

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H-1B Litigation Updates – Spring 2020

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, VA The H-1B petition requirements have undergone a transformation in the last few years. Along with the implementation of new or additional requirements, the government’s application of existing requirements have changed. This shift in adjudicating H-1B petitions has led to inconsistent decisions and a concern regarding the legal […]

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Premium Processing Will Resume in Stages in June!

In March 2020, USCIS suspended all premium processing services for all types of petitions due to the pandemic. USCIS announced today that they are resuming premium processing services in stages. I-140 Petitions: Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. H-1B Petitions: June 8th – USCIS will accept premium processing […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part Three: How Does Receiving Benefits Impact My Future Applications?

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, Va Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress that has unfolded in 2020, amidst a pandemic, concerning immigration announcements, and job instability for many. While we may not be able to eradicate these issues, we are releasing a series of blog posts to provide clarity during this uncertain time. This […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part Two: The CARES Act

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, Va Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress that has unfolded in 2020, amidst a pandemic, concerning immigration announcements, and job instability for many. While we may not be able to eradicate these issues, we are releasing a series of blog posts to provide clarity during this uncertain time. This […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part One: Am I Eligible?

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress many are facing with increased immigration changes and job instability, especially during the pandemic. We have written a series of blog posts to provide some clarity regarding unemployment insurance during this uncertain time. This blog series will cover the following topics: (1) Eligibility […]

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CPT Students: Be Ready for the RFE!

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that some F-1 students participate in when their course of study requires an internship, externship, or other hands-on work experience as part of the coursework. When an F-1 student who is working on CPT submits an H-1B petition requesting a change of status, USCIS will often issue a […]

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