Business Operations Update From Fredrikson & Byron’s Immigration Group
There is no denying that COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, from professional to personal. Our immigration team’s top priorities include the health and safety of our clients and team members, as well as delivering uninterrupted service to all of you. These unusual times have required us to find new and innovative ways to do business. Fortunately, we have a robust IT department and excellent computer equipment, so we have managed to rapidly set our team up remotely and are now, for the most part, fully functional.
Nearly all of our team members are now working from home. Technology allows us to continue conducting phone and video consultations with clients, respond to inquiries concerning employer compliance, report on late-breaking changes to immigration practice and policies, and continue to prepare and file immigration petitions and applications. We also continue to meet among ourselves via video conferences to share our collective knowledge, troubleshoot difficult and novel issues, and ensure cohesive teamwork.
As we work through this processing, the different federal and state agencies related to immigration are doing the same. We get regular, almost daily announcements, about a variety of matters, which we will post on our COVID-19 Immigration Updates webpage as soon as they are received.
Although district offices have closed down for interviews and most overseas offices have done the same, it appears that USCIS will proceed with applications filed at the various service centers. Two major announcements in that regard are that USCIS has suspended premium processing and has relaxed its signature requirements, allowing for scanned signatures. We will post the details, but please note that our team will work closely with you to get the necessary signature scans and proceed with the application filings as best we can, probably with an extremely limited administrative presence at the office or through utilizing our other out-of-state offices.
While we all hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon, we know that the current times will help us develop an even more creative, efficient and effective ways of serving you. We wish you all good health throughout this period. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.