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October 2020 Visa Bulletin: Fiscal Year 2021 Opens with Rapid Forward Movement for Employment-Based Categories

September 25, 2020

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September 25, 2020

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Office has released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin. Due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on immigration, in addition to presidential actions restricting immigration into the United States, green card quota backlogs will experience widespread improvement...

September 24, 2020

UPDATE: 9/23/2020

On Monday, September 14th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a 60-day extension of its temporary policy for I-9 verification, which permits employers who have work-from-home (WFH) policies covering all of their employees to verify employment authorization documents...

September 24, 2020

On Friday, September 11th, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the USCIS announced continued flexibility for responding to agency requests, which include Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs). Agency requests issued between March 1, 2020 and January 1, 2020 will...

August 29, 2020

On Tuesday, August 25th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will cancel the administrative furlough that was scheduled to begin on August 30, 2020. However, the USCIS also announced in the same press release that “spending reduction measures” would impact “all ag...

August 28, 2020

On Tuesday, August 25th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a temporary expansion of the ability of officers at U.S. Embassies and Consulates to waive in-person interview requirements for individuals who are applying for a new nonimmigrant visa in the same visa classification. Norma...

August 25, 2020

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced another 30-day extension of its temporary policy for I-9 verification, which permits employers who have work-from-home (WFH) policies covering all of their employees to verify employment authorization documents through electronic means....

August 25, 2020

On Wednesday, August 19th, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new temporary accommodation for employees presenting an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for Form I-9. Due to severe delays in the production of physical EAD cards, employees whose Form I-765, Employmen...

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