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United States Immigrant Entry Ban, With Exceptions

May 15, 2020

President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants into the United States for 60 days, with some exceptions.

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Class Action Lawsuit Challenges USCIS’ Denial of H-1B Petitions Filed by U.S. Businesses

May 15, 2020

A nationwide class action lawsuit challenges USCIS’ denying H-1B nonimmigrant employment-based petitions for market research analysts positions.

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State Department Announces Limited U.S. Passport Processing

May 15, 2020

In-person service at agencies or centers is available only for those with a “qualified life-or-death emergency and need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.” Otherwise, significant delays are expected.

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Temporary Final Rule Eases H-2A Agricultural Work Requirements

May 15, 2020

DHS, with the support of the Department of Agriculture, will publish a temporary final rule to temporarily amend the regulations regarding temporary and seasonal H-2A nonimmigrant agricultural workers and their U.S. employers.

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Emergency Visa Appointments and J-1 Extensions for Medical Professionals

May 15, 2020

The Department of State (DOS) recently announced that U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services “to the extent possible, given resource constraints and local government restrictions.”

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Do Stimulus Checks and Unemployment Benefits Matter for Inadmissibility Determinations Based on Public Charge?

May 15, 2020

Immigration attorneys have received questions from their clients about whether accepting the COVID-19 pandemic-related stimulus check or unemployment benefits are considered public benefits for purposes of public charge inadmissibility determinations.

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USCIS Is Reusing Biometrics for I-765 Work Authorization Extension Requests

May 15, 2020

USCIS is reusing previously submitted biometrics to process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests.

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Question of the Day: Return to Work Best Practices

May 13, 2020

What steps can we take proactively to prepare to return employees to the workplace?

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Question of the Day: FFCRA Child Care-Related Leave Rights in the Summer

May 11, 2020

During the summer months, when school is not actually “closed,” is an eligible employee entitled to paid leave under the FFCRA if the employee needs to care for his/her child(ren) because the child(ren)’s summer programming has been cancelled?

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Who Was This Torrens Guy? And What Does He Have to Do With My Property?

May 11, 2020

Minnesota landowners may have heard the term “torrens” when dealing with title to their property, but most are unsure of the term’s meaning or its origin.

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