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.
Effective immediately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend requests for premium processing service for all Form I-129 and Form I-140 petitions until further notice.
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.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will temporarily suspend requests for premium processing of fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap petitions when it begins to accept petitions on April 1, 2020.
US Consulates in Mexico and Canada are suspending operations due to coronavirus.
US embassies and consulates in India will cancel all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments effective March 16, 2020 until further notice due to the coronavirus.
The government of India has issued travel and visa restrictions due to the coronavirus that will become effective March 13, 2020 until April 15, 2020, or until further notice. All incoming travelers may be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days upon their arrival to India.
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.
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.