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  • Article: How to Manage Hiring Needs during the Suspension of Premium Processing By Maria Mihaylova

    How to Manage Hiring Needs during the Suspension of Premium Processing by Maria Mihaylova On March 20, 2020 the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily ceased accepting any requests for premium processing on all Form I-129 and Form I-140 filings. The decision became effective immediately as another effort of USCIS to ease the burden on its operators amidst the COVID-19 health crisis. As a result, employers and foreign workers alike are now trying to manage th...
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  • Article: Green & Spiegel Attorneys Earn Approval of H-1B in Federal Court Hospitality Management is a “Specialty Occupation” By Emily Harris

    Green & Spiegel Attorneys Earn Approval of H-1B in Federal Court Hospitality Management is a “Specialty Occupation” by Emily Harris A Rhode Island restaurant group challenged a USCIS denial and won H-1B “specialty occupation” status for its General Operations Manager, an Indian national, in federal court. On March 26, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Mary McElroy sitting in the District of Rhode Island issued a decision granting summary judgment in favor of a restaurant gro...
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  • Article: Coronavirus cures for boredom in quarantine By David Nachman

    Article: Coronavirus cures for boredom in quarantine By David Nachman

    Coronavirus cures for boredom in quarantine by David Nachman 1. Foreign nationals in the United States who may potentially overstay the date on their I-94 and accrue unlawful presence should consider filing an extension or change of status application to B-1/B-2 visitor to give themselves some breathing room. ...
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  • Article: Is it Really Possible That The Royal Formerly Known as Prince Harry is an "Illegal" Immigrant? By Matthew L. Kolken

    Is it Really Possible That The Royal Formerly Known as Prince Harry is an "Illegal" Immigrant? by Matthew L. Kolken Multiple sources report that His Royal Highness Prince Harry Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan Markle boarded a private jet to flee a remote private island in Vancouver to avoid the very public COVID-19 pandemic. Their escape plan: to permanently relocate to a slightly more tax favorable southern California, a Coronavirus epicenter that is subject to a St...
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  • Article: FAQs about COVID-19 and EB-5 By Carolyn Lee

    Article: FAQs about COVID-19 and EB-5 By Carolyn Lee

    FAQs about COVID-19 and EB-5 by Carolyn Lee Assembled below are answers to COVID-19 related questions for the EB-5 community. I hope you find these to be helpful. Question #1 What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is an abbreviation for “coronavirus disease 2019.” According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), COVID-19 has caused a pandemic of respiratory ...
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  • Article: To Remedy Long Processing Times, EB-5 Investors are Turning to Federal Court Litigation By Matt Galati

    To Remedy Long Processing Times, EB-5 Investors are Turning to Federal Court Litigation by Matt Galati Long EB-5 processing times have been the norm. Unlike other visa petition types, there are no 15-day guarantees of premium processing. A year-plus wait for a Green Card, for even non-backlogged countries, has been the norm for at least the last half of the past decade. Further, lengthy Condition Removal (I-829) processing times – frustrating hopes of a quick naturalization and violating...
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  • Article: FAQ on Changes in Salary and Other Working Conditions for H-1B Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis By Cyrus Mehta

    FAQ on Changes in Salary and Other Working Conditions for H-1B Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis by Cyrus Mehta The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease COVID-19, is a pandemic threatening populations in the United States and worldwide. The US economy has virtually shut down.   Many employers who have been forced to shut down or modify their businesses have been severely impacted and may no longer be able to afford to pay H-1B workers the required wage....
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  • Article: Carnegie Mellon Study: Visas, Legalization and Enforcement By Steven Kopits

    Carnegie Mellon Study: Visas, Legalization and Enforcement by Steven Kopits Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University recently released a study examining the impact of increasing the number of migrant work visas on the flow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. We highlight some key findings. Legalization amplifies the effects of enforcement The authors write: [Legal] entry bans for deported individuals are ineffective at current rates of legal immigration, but...increased...
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  • Article: Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines By Jorge Loweree

    Coronavirus Relief Package Fails to Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants, Including Many on the Front Lines by Jorge Loweree President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on Friday, March 27. The $2 trillion stimulus package goes a long way to improve our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But it fails to deliver for millions of immigrants across the country, including first responders who are on the front lines fighting against the virus. Here’s what ...
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  • Article: Filing I-829s During a Coronavirus Economic Downturn By Matt Galati

    Article: Filing I-829s During a Coronavirus Economic Downturn By Matt Galati

    Filing I-829s During a Coronavirus Economic Downturn by Matt Galati For the past two weeks, I’ve been flooded with queries from investors who have questions about the viability of their future I-829 condition removal petitions given what appears to be an assumed significant economic downturn due to the cessation of most facets of modern life as countries seek to “flatten the curve” of ongoing COVID-19 infections. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume that a wea...
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