Immigration

Special Immigration Alert: President Trump Temporarily Suspends Immigration; Canada Extends Non-Essential Travel Ban

President Trump Signs Executive Order to “Temporarily Suspend Immigration into the United States”

On April 20, 2020, President Trump tweeted, “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” The vague tweet triggered many questions and concerns as to the scope of the immigration suspension and the impact it would have on many foreign nationals and their respective U.S. employers.

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Immigration Update: USCIS Selection Process; Biometrics; DHS Inspections Relating to I-9 Enforcement

USCIS Completes the Initial Selection Process

On April 1, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (‘USCIS”) announced that the initial selection of H-1B cap-subject registrations for fiscal year (“FY”) 2021 was completed. Petitioners who electronically registered beneficiaries in the H-1B registration process and were selected through the random selection process may file their H-1B cap petition within the period indicated on the relevant registration selection notice. The filing period for the H-1B cap-subject petition will be at least 90 days. Petitioners must include a printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice with the FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.

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Immigration Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of State Suspends Routine Visa Services

On March 20, 2020, in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, the Department of State announced that routine visa services will be temporarily suspended at all U.S. embassies and consulates. Further, embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. Please note that services will continue to be available to U.S. citizens, and applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment. For more information, please visit the embassy website that applies to you.

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Overview of changes in the case of international coronavirus epidemic

Overview of changes in the case of international coronavirus epidemic
The coronavirus outbreak (hereinafter referred to as “COVID-19”) served as a trigger for a targeted effort to assess and manage the possible effects of COVID-19.
For example, among the most significant measures caused by the threat of COVID-19 proliferation in Russia, the following can be identified:
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Immigration Compliance and Travel Restrictions

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, federal, state, and local governments around the world are implementing travel bans and quarantine restrictions swiftly and without much warning. As employers implement work from home measures and limited travel policies, it is important to consider their impact on foreign nationals with employer-sponsored work visa status. Read more…

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Coronavirus and UK Immigration

As of 11 March 2020 there have been over 118,000 confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and in excess of 4,000 deaths reported globally [1] . 113 countries and territories are affected with the numbers growing daily. The whole of Italy is now on lockdown, President Trump has announced the suspension of all travel from Europe (excluding the UK) into the US with effect from Friday at midnight and, if media reports are to be believed, it will likely not be too long before other countries, possibly even the UK, follow with similar measures. Read more…

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