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USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Form I-129 and I-140 Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start accepting Requests for Premium Processing in phases for Form I-129, Petitions for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petitions for Alien Workers.
USCIS will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines. They will establish measures to protect their workforce and the public when facilities reopen.

USCIS PREPARING TO RESUME IN-PERSON SERVICES ON JUNE 4

On June 4, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin reopening some field offices and application support centers (ASCs) to the public and resume non-emergency face-to-face services. USCIS offices were temporarily closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

USCIS will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines. They will establish measures to protect their workforce and the public when facilities reopen.

H1-B Workers: Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19

The United States is experiencing high rates of unemployment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic is particularly challenging for H-1B workers and their employers, since H-1B workers generally cannot collect unemployment insurance benefits if their position is terminated. This is because H-1B visas are tied to a specific employer. H-4 dependents, however, may be eligible for unemployment benefits in some states.

How to Determine your H-1B Employee’s Prevailing Wage Level

Employers are required to pay H-1B workers a minimum prevailing wage to ensure that hiring foreign workers does not negatively impact local ones. Paying an incorrect H-1B wage can result in steep penalties from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Labor (DOL), so it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney when determining how much to pay your prospective H-1B employee.

USCIS to Temporarily Allow Delayed Responses for Requests for Evidence and Notices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be flexible with delays from applicants and petitioners who are required to respond to requests for evidence (RFEs), notices of intent to deny (NOIDs), notices of intent to revoke (NOIR), notices of intent to terminate (NOIT) regional investment centers and notice of appeal or motion (Form I-290B) dated between March 1 and July 1, 2020.

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