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Mar 27, 2020

Feds Extend Pennsylvania and New Jersey Real ID Deadlines to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at DMV Offices

Faced with the quick community spread of COVID-19, federal officials have extended state REAL ID compliance deadlines for one year to prevent overcrowding in state motor vehicle offices across the United States who are already struggling to meet the quickly approaching October 1, 2020, deadline. » Read More

Mar 27, 2020

50,000 Americans Abroad Seeking State Department Help to Urgently Return to the United States Due to COVID-19 Pandemic; Number of Those Diagnosed With COVID-19 Is Unknown

The State Department estimates that as many as 50,000 United States citizens are stuck in foreign countries, who have requested evacuation and reparation assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the overall number was released, specific demographic and location information remained confidential, including the number of Americans abroad who already may be infected with COVID-19 and the severity of their medical condition. » Read More

Mar 22, 2020

Form I-9 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: USCIS Announces Temporary Modifications to Employment Eligibility Verification Process and E-Verify Program

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) National Emergency Declaration, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary modifications to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification process and enforcement actions. Changes range from remote verification to E-Verify’s indefinite response extensions. » Read More

Mar 19, 2020

The Immigration of Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an immigration nightmare with changes announced with each passing minute and a level of uncertainty that has only compounded the uncertainty in an already confused and complicated immigration system. Borders across the world have closed to non-citizens. » Read More

Feb 20, 2020

An Overview of STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

Employers who have employed F-1 students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) category of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program can expect site visits by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The March 2016 STEM OPT rule allows the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct site visits of employers that train STEM OPT students. » Read More

Feb 13, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Suspends New York Residents From All Trusted Traveler Programs

As an aftereffect of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act that went into effect on December 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now suspended Trusted Traveler Programs such as Global Entry (for entry from abroad), NEXUS (for entry from Canada), SENTRI (for entry from Canada and Mexico), and FAST (for truck drivers entering the U.S. » Read More

Feb 03, 2020

Employers: DHS Releases New Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. On January 31, 2020, the USCIS released the long-awaited revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), with an edition date of “10/21/2019.” The changes are minor and the USCIS has accordingly revised its “Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.” » Read More

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