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Uscis to Exempt Foreign Nationals from Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Resulting from the Coronavirus

USCIS formally announced that the public charge ground of inadmissibility will not apply to foreign nationals who seek testing, screening, or treatment of any communicable disease, including the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, USCIS will take into consideration circumstances where a foreign national is prevented from working or attending school due to the coronavirus and must rely on public benefits during the outbreak.

USCIS Suspends in-Person Services Due to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is continuing their suspension of all routine in-person services through June 3, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Suspended services include biometrics appointments, adjustment of status and naturalization interviews, and oath ceremonies for naturalization. USCIS will begin to re-open offices on or after June 4, 2020, unless public closures are extended until further notice.

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Understanding Your H-1B Online Registration Status

Employers’ representatives and their attorneys must complete online H-1B visa registration on the myUSCIS web portal before it officially closes at 12:00 PM EST on Friday, March 20, 2020. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will run the H-1B cap lottery and notify employers of all selected beneficiaries by March 31, 2020.

Important Dates for H-1B Online Registration

H-1B visa season is now open! Employers can register their H-1B beneficiaries online at myUSCIS through March 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST. It is important to have your immigration attorney evaluate your prospective H-1B employees before online registration, so that you can ensure you only petition for employees that qualify. Once you have determined that a beneficiary qualifies, gather information required for online H-1B registration in advance. Unlike prior years, completed petitions are only required for H-1B beneficiaries that are selected in the lottery.

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