DOS Update on National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans

DOS Update on National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans   H/L Travel Ban   The Department of State (DOS) provided further guidance as to which visa applicants may be considered for a national interest exception under Executive Order 10052. Pursuant to this executive order, the DOS currently prohibits the issuance of new visa stamps to […]

Update: ICE Rescinds Online Education Policy in Win for Colleges & Int’l Students

Update: ICE Rescinds Online Education Policy in Win for Colleges & Int’l Students Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will rescind its recent policy requiring international students to depart the U.S. if all of their classes are taught online. The rescission resolves a lawsuit filed […]

COVID-19 Update: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Changes and Responses

COVID-19 Update: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Changes and Responses U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made several changes and accommodations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the most relevant of which we detail below. Our summary and assessment of USCIS’ COVID-19 responses are a selection of the most current updates. However, many […]

USCIS Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustments

Starting October 1, 2017, USCIS will require in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status applicants. USCIS indicated on its website that the program will be phased-in, but no additional details have been provided regarding implementation. The most recent USCIS data indicates that approximately 122,000 persons obtained their permanent residency through employment-based Adjustment of Status in […]

Department of State Contractors Contacting Employers

Harry Gee & Associates is receiving reports that Department of State (DOS) contractors are increasingly verifying information on the agency’s behalf. Because immigration scams are common, many companies have expressed concern about whether these contractors are legitimate U.S. government representatives. The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently confirmed that clientverification@state.gov is a valid DOS email address […]

USCIS Actions

While no one knows what President Elect Trump will do until he ultimately acts, in a recently posted video on his Facebook page he has asked his transition team for executive actions that he can take “to restore our jobs and bring back our jobs…” It is believed he is referring to the H-1B, TN […]

I-9 Compliance at East West Bank Seminar

Harry Gee, Daniel Zhang, and Patrick O’Rourke recently gave a presentation on Immigration Options and I-9 Compliance with East West Bank. If you could not make it, check out the photograph and presentation below. Feel free to subscribe to our email list and we will invite you to the next one!  

How to get a receipt at the Social Security office to present to an employer for Employment Verification (Form I-9) purposes?

After the SSA stopped issuing the detailed SSN printouts, also called numidents, some have reported problems in obtaining evidence for Employment Verification (Form I-9) purposes. The SSA has clarified in an email that it is still their policy that they will continue to issue those simple receipts. As stated in the email “If you request a receipt, […]

News Update: L-1 USCIS Site Visits

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently acknowledged that its fraud detection and national security division will be making unannounced pre- and post-adjudication site visits at L-1 intracompany transferee petitioners. I believe the expansion of their verification program is a direct result of the Office of Inspector General’s report published in August 2013 listing many […]