Important Information Regarding Legalized Marijuana Use

New York has now legalized recreational marijuana use. This new law does not legalize marijuana use by aliens under our immigration laws. Aliens who use marijuana in New York or any other state that has legalized recreational marijuana use will risk removal from the United States, inadmissibility to the United…

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URGENT UPDATE: Salary-Based H-1B Cap Lottery Rule Postponed Until Next Year’s Lottery

USCIS finally provided its guidance on this year’s process and timelines. The good news is the salary-based ruling has been postponed until December 31, 2021. Meaning it will not affect this year’s lottery and we are back to a full random lottery process.   Key Takeaways: 2021 H-1B Cap Lottery…

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ICE Rescinds its July 6th Restrictive F-1 Student Visa Policy that Would Have Sent thousands of Foreign Students Home

In an online hearing before Federal District Judge Allison D. Burroughs, who was presiding in a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT against the restrictive ICE policy, ICE announced it is withdrawing its memorandum that prohibited F-1 students from entering or remaining in the United States if their U.S.…

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Canada Border Closure Update: Extension Until August 21st, 2020

Canada's border closure is to be extended until August 21st due to the latest surge in COVID cases in some major states in the U.S. The extension will be implemented and the current entry requirements will continue to exist for US Nationals. See the link below for more details: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-us-border-closure-extended-august-1.5648879…

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DHS Strikes Down COVID-19 Learning Accommodations For International Students

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. universities and colleges are understandably making the switch to fully online courses for the 2020 Fall Semester. Others are opting for a “hybrid” model of course enrollment, which includes both online and in-person classes. While this does not necessarily come as…

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Presidential Proclamation – June 23, 2020 – URGENT

As you may have heard, President Trump has signed a Proclamation that may directly impact workers in the US.  Below is a visual summary to help you assess whether you are impacted. Impacted by President Trump’s June 22, 2020 Proclamation [Effective June 24, 2020 – December 31, 2020] Visa Type…

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Urgent Immigration Update

URGENT UPDATE: Trump's Executive Order as of 6/22/20 Based on increasingly confirmed media reports, President Trump is planning on signing an executive order to suspend the issuance of certain temporary worker visas through the end of 2020.  We have not seen the text of this order, and will provide a…

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Canada and US Agree to Extend Border Closure

As the world slowly adjusts to a new normal, the US land borders with Canada and Mexico has been approaching its deadline for reopening for June 22nd. After two extensions of the border closure, many have been anticipating being able to visit family or go back to their jobs. However…

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USCIS Alert – DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility Until July 18th

In May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire June 18. Because of ongoing precautions related to…

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USCIS Field Offices and Asylum Offices Resume Services

As of June 4th, USCIS field offices and asylum offices have resumed non-emergency face-to-face services, and application support centers are expected to resume services at a later date. Here are the precautions USCIS is enacting in response to COVID-19: Visitors will be turned away from a USCIS facility if they…

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