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Insurance Coverage Available to Protect Businesses Amid COVID-19

In the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the related economic fallout, revenue losses are proliferating across different industries while business owners look to extrinsic solutions to stay afloat. Many businesses may find such relief through insurance claims and related litigation. New policies will likely exclude COVID-19. However, businesses may already have many types of insurance coverage that can provide relief during the pandemic.  

Before Breaking a Commercial Lease Due to COVID-19, Tenants Should Try Applying Doctrines of Commercial Frustration or Force Majeure

It has become difficult, costly, or even impossible for some businesses to maintain contractual obligations, like commercial leases, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Luckily for business owners, the doctrines of commercial frustration and force majeure may allow them to rescind leases without penalty if unforeseeable circumstances make it impossible for them to operate under the stated purpose of their lease.

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing Due to COVID-19

Effective March 20, 2020, Premium Processing has been suspended for ALL types of Form I-129 petitions (H/L/O/R/TN etc.) and I-140 petitions, including H-1B cap petitions. This is a very important development affecting petitioners who use the premium program. The Premium Processing program is an important source of revenue for the USCIS as petitioners paid nearly $545 million in premium processing fees during FY-2019.

USCIS Expands Suspension on Premium Processing

Summary USCIS has temporarily expanded suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. The suspension is expected to last through the estimated date of February 19, 2019. USCIS previously announced suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS has now expanded suspension to all H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and …

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The Evolution of the US Travel Ban

Summary USCIS has temporarily expanded suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. The suspension is expected to last through the estimated date of February 19, 2019. USCIS previously announced suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS has now expanded suspension to all H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and …

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USCIS Expands Suspension on Premium Processing

Summary USCIS has temporarily expanded suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. The suspension is expected to last through the estimated date of February 19, 2019. USCIS previously announced suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS has now expanded suspension to all H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and …

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Immigration Paralegal – Edison, NJ

 Requirements: Ideal candidate should have experience with PERM applications, H-1B, L-1 visas and must have employment based paralegal experience. Knowledge with INS Zoom and 1-2 years immigration experience, preferred. Paralegal degree or certificate; and Must be computer literate with excellent communication skills. Responsibilities will include: Preparation of business immigration cases including H-1B, L-1 visas, foreign …

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PERM Updates

PERM Processing Times (as of 11/19/2016) Processing Queue Priority Dates Month Year Analyst Review August 2016 Audit Review April 2016 Reconsideration Requests to the CO October 2016 Gov’t Error Reconsiderations Current

Visa Bulletin – December 2016

Application Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES F1 01DEC09 01DEC09 01DEC09 15APR95 15SEP05 F2A 22FEB15 22FEB15 22FEB15 15FEB15 22FEB15 F2B 08MAY10 08MAY10 08MAY10 15OCT95 01MAR06 F3 15FEB05 15FEB05 15FEB05 08DEC94 15AUG94 F4 22DEC03 01OCT03 01APR03 15MAY97 22MAY93           …

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PERM Electronic Notifications

By: Toni Ordona Effective December 1, 2016, the Atlanta National Processing Center (ANPC) will be issuing PERM notification letters via email. Stakeholders will receive the following letters/notifications via email: Audit Notification Denial Notification Requests for Information (RFI) Additional Audit Information Requests Withdrawal Notices of Decisions from Appeals. However, Certified ETA Form 9089 will still be …

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Use of the B-1 Visa

By: Carmen Lopez You may be surprised to hear, that the B-1 visa, allows for more activities that you may know. In determining whether visa applicants are entitled to temporary visitor classification, you must assess whether the applicants: Have a residence in a foreign country, which they do not intend to abandon; Intend to enter …

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USCIS Filing Fees to Increase

By: Carmen Lopez On October 24, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule in the Federal Register, adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions.  These new fees will take effect on December 23, 2016.  Any applications received by the USCIS with a wrong fee on or …

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Non-Competes: Are they enforceable in Virginia?

By: Sismi Menachery Non-compete or restrictive covenants are common in most employment agreements. The legality of these clauses, however, tends to be a commonly litigated issue in employment agreements. The Obama administration recently called for an action to ban non-compete agreements, to “stoke competition” and “give a fair shot to workers,” with the hope that …

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