Immigration Updates

Gee & Zhang LLP anticipates numerous and significant immigration developments over the coming months as the government continues to push through new immigration policies and deal with COVID-19 and the U.S. economic recovery. Given the rapid and increasing number of immigration changes, we have consolidated summaries of recent key items of interest to your business […]

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 […]

International Students Must Depart if College Goes Fully Online

As universities around the country announce their plans for the fall in light of COVID-19, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced its rules governing student visas for the upcoming semester. ICE is eliminating the exemption that it made for students taking online classes in the spring and summer semesters. The new rule, applicable this […]

Proclamation 10014

Proclamation 10014 Citing a threat to the jobs of American workers amid the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump has issued a proclamation that suspends entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals seeking certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas.[1] The Executive Order prohibits entry into the U.S. for new H-1B, L-1, H-2B, and certain J-1 nonimmigrants, as well as […]

Immigration Update: I-9 Updates

I-9 Updates A New Version of Form I-9 was released on October 21, 2019 and is now mandatory. USCIS also announced a temporary COVID-19 policy allowing employees to provide List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. Such documents will be treated as valid temporarily and the employee must provide a valid unexpired document with 90 […]

Satisfactory Departure for Visa Waiver Entrants and Nonimmigrant Visa Holders

Satisfactory Departure for Visa Waiver Entrants and Nonimmigrant Visa Holders Satisfactory Departure is a regulatory provision by which Visa Waiver Program (VWP) entrants may be granted an additional 30 days to depart the United States if, due to an emergency, they cannot depart before their 90-day authorized stay expires. Traditionally, Satisfactory Departure has been granted […]

Trump’s Executive Order to “Suspend Immigration”: Is it really a broad sweeping suspension?

Trump’s Executive Order to “Suspend Immigration”: Is it really a broad sweeping suspension? In a late-night tweet on April 20, 2020, President Trump indicated his intention to temporarily suspend immigration into the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, 2020, he signed his official proclamation, effective April 23, 2020 at 11:59pm. The scope […]

Update on U.S Department of State and Customs and Border Protection Responses to COVID-19

Update on U.S Department of State and Customs and Border Protection Responses to COVID-19 The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agencies have each made several changes and accommodations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which we detail below. However, many uncertainties remain for both immigrant and nonimmigrant […]

COVID-19 & Employer Obligations

COVID-19 & Employer Obligations The H-1B is one of only a few visa classifications, along with the E-3 and H-1B1, that require the filing of a Labor Condition Application (LCA) as part of the visa approval process. The LCA is submitted to the Department of Labor (DOL) and requires the employer to make certain attestations […]