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 […]
COVID-19 and employment issues affecting visa status COVID-19 has created uncertainty in the workplace with many changes being made to accommodate the need for social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. These changes may have a multitude of immigration impacts across your workforce, including remote working arrangements, reductions in hours, furloughs, and layoffs. […]
As you begin implementing shifts in business practices to allow remote working and facilitate continued employee safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, companies should be mindful of the steps needed for continued compliance with the immigration laws. The Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have not addressed any changes to the […]
Gee & Zhang E-blast: VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IRANIAN E-1 AND E-2 VISA HOLDERS The USCIS announced that Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for nonimmigrant E-1, treaty trader, or E-2, treaty investor visas because of the termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights with Iran. Applications for extension of […]
Gee & Zhang E-Blast: New H-1 selection procedures: The USCIS has published regulations advising that the H-1 lottery procedures for 2020 will be changed. The new procedures will require that prospective employers register the names of the prospective H-1 employees between March 1-20. This year the Gee and Zhang Immigration Seminar will be conducted on […]
Important Immigration Law Developments: While most of the newspaper headlines and articles have been focused upon undocumented aliens and asylum-seekers, the Trump administration has initiated a number of new policies and procedures that may have implications upon the work and travel of your foreign employees. Please take a moment to review these comments to ascertain […]
On February 12, 2019 Andrew H. Gee gave a presentation on immigration issues for international students at Rice Univeristy. See presentation below.
New Proposed Rule to Change H-1B Lottery The Trump Administration has published a proposal to change the H-1B lottery process as soon as 2019. The aim of these changes is to more closely align the H-1B classification with President Trump’s Buy American Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. The two primary changes would consist of: Employer […]
On October 12, 2018 Andrew H. Gee gave a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the University of Houston. See presentation below.
Pilot Program for Canadian L-1s Applying in Blaine, WA U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced a new pilot program for processing L-1 Canadian NAFTA petitions. This pilot program is limited to the Blaine, WA port of entry (POE) and is currently scheduled to run from April 30 […]