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Recent Presidential Proclamation Explained by Immigration Attorney

Today’s discussion is on the presidential proclamation that went into effect on Thursday, April 23, at 11:59 PM. The proclamation suspends entry of immigrants who present a risk to the US labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. This means that the proclamation only impacts people outside of the United States who Read More

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Introduction to Immigration: Applying for Naturalization in 2020

Watch in English | 观看英语视频 Watch in Chinese |  观看中文视频 Naturalization in an election year, such as 2020, is always a very timely issue. Therefore, it is important to provide an overview of the general requirements of naturalization and some of the pitfalls to be aware of when you apply. A few requirements for naturalization include: You have Read More

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U.S. PRESIDENT SIGNS NEW PROCLAMATION TEMPORARILY PAUSING IMMIGRATION

The President signed a new proclamation banning the entry of a number of new classes of individuals citing the impact immigrants have on the labor market during a period of high unemployment and the need to preserve State Department resources so consular officers can service US citizens abroad. He also alleges that immigrants strain our Read More

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The H-2B Program in the Times of COVID-19

H-2B Visa Program Requires 3 Steps (Depending on Worker’s Location) Obtain a Temporary Labor Certification from DOL. File a nonimmigrant visa petition with USCIS. [For Workers Abroad] Interview at the U.S. Consulate to obtain visa. COVID-19 and the measures to contain its spread area affecting H-2B employers on several levels.   Employers Whose Workers Need Read More

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FEDERAL JUDGES RULE USCIS UNLAWFULLY DENIED H-1B PETITIONS

In three new court cases, federal judges have decided that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully denied H-1B petitions for foreign-born professionals. The decisions, which all involve USCIS improperly limiting the definition of a specialty occupation, may bring greater certainty to employers and potential visa holders during uncertain economic times. Under the Trump administration, Read More

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What Obligations Do U.S. Employers Have Towards Nonimmigrant Employees During COVID-19?

During this Coronavirus crisis, there is a lot of uncertainty out there in terms of what the obligations for employers are towards their nonimmigrant employees. Obligations when it comes to I-9 verification, furloughs, layoffs as well as making material changes to the terms and conditions of their employment. So I will be addressing some of Read More

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You Lost Your Job While on a Work Visa Due to COVID-19. Now What?

Alexandra Bondikov, business immigration attorney at PPID, went LIVE to discuss 3 top asked questions the firm is receiving from people in the U.S. that are on nonimmigrant work visas such as: E, H-1B, O, TN and many others.  If you lost your job or are in fear of losing your job due to the Read More

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PRESIDENT SIGNS “CARES ACT” INTO LAW

In response to the overwhelming economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy, on Friday, March 27, 2020, after prior approval by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or the “Act”) was signed into law by President Trump. We will focus Read More

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON H2 VISAS

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services. The H-2 program is essential to the economy and food security Read More

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USCIS: CIERRE TEMPORAL DE OFICINAS DE USCIS SE HA EXTENDIDO HASTA, POR LO MENOS, EL 7 DE ABRIL

El 18 de marzo, para proteger a nuestra fuerza laboral y ayudar a mitigar la propagación de la enfermedad coronavirus (COVID-19) en nuestras comunidades, USCIS suspendió temporalmente todos los servicios rutinarios cara-a-cara  con los solicitantes en todas nuestras oficinas, incluyendo todas las entrevistas y ceremonias de naturalización.  La suspensión temporal se extiende, y las oficinas Read More

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