U.S. Federal Judge Mehta Partially Blocked the Presidential Proclamation

U.S. Federal Judge Mehta Partially Blocked the Presidential Proclamation

As known, a previous proclamation issued by President Trump barred green card applicants, diversity visa lottery winners, and other foreign guest workers from entering the U.S. A recent order by a federal judge has partially blocked the proclamation. The proclamation ordered that the measure was needed because there is an economic recession during the COVID-19 process, aiming to protect American workers’ jobs during this crisis...

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Substantial Changes to Employment Authorization Document Procedures for Asylum Seekers Beginning on August 25, 2020

Substantial Changes to Employment Authorization Document Procedures for Asylum Seekers Beginning on August 25, 2020

The new rule released by the Department of Homeland Security was published on Federal Register on June 26, 2020, and brings substantial restrictions for those who apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and asylum in the US concomitantly...

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The US State Department Finalizes Selection of FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners

The US State Department Finalizes Selection of FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners

The State Department has announced the completion of the selection process for FY 2021 DV Lottery, aka Green Card Lottery, which had been postponed before due to the delays emanating from COVID-19 Pandemic...

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Recent Executive Order Signed By President Trump Restricts Certain Forms of Immigration to the US: Scope & Exclusions

Recent Executive Order Signed By President Trump Restricts Certain Forms of Immigration to the US: Scope & Exclusions

While COVID 19 Pandemic and its subsequent startling consequences continue to challenge almost all well-settled societal and governmental practices around the World, another one as part of the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis came from president Trump regarding immigration to the US. ..

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 Extension of the Current COVID-19 Accommodations on Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Appeals and Other Responses

Extension of the Current COVID-19 Accommodations on Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, Appeals and Other Responses

In response to the existing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain: • Requests for Evidence (RFE); • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); • Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID), • Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR); • Notices of Intent to Terminate EB-5 Regional Investment Centers (NOIT), • Notices of Intent to Rescind; and • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion...

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New Laws in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

New Laws in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Several laws and regulations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have been passed. Some of them are as follows: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. ..

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New PPP Loan Application Form is Issued: Citizenship or LPR is No Longer Required

New PPP Loan Application Form is Issued: Citizenship or LPR is No Longer Required

On April 3, 2020, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Borrower Application Form on its website. Apparently, the citizenship or permanent residency requirement was removed from the form. ..

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Tax Recovery Rebates, Charitable Donations, and Coronavirus-Related IRA Distributions

Tax Recovery Rebates, Charitable Donations, and Coronavirus-Related IRA Distributions

In one of its most notable provisions, the CARES Act provides for direct payments to taxpayers with social security numbers. Beginning in 2020, “eligible individual” taxpayers will receive a tax credit equal to the sum of $1,200 for single filers ($2,400 for those filing a joint return) plus an amount equal to the product of (i) $500 multiplied by (ii) the number of qualifying children (those under age 17). For example, a typical family of four is eligible for a $3,400 recovery rebate. ..

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Tax Relief to Employers Under the CARES Act

Tax Relief to Employers Under the CARES Act

Among its various benefits and relief to employers, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides employers the ability to delay paying payroll taxes and receive tax credits for retaining employees through this difficult time...

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Consumer and Tenant Protections Under the CARES Act

Consumer and Tenant Protections Under the CARES Act

Title IV of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which is entitled “Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the United States Economy” provides critical protections to consumers with regard to their credit, mortgage, and rent obligations...

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The CARES Act: Unemployment Benefits

The CARES Act: Unemployment Benefits

The CARES Act creates a temporary unemployment benefits program for those who are unable to work as result of COVID-19. The Act extends the coverage to workers who are self-employed and working part-time, do not have sufficient work history for the relevant state or those who do not qualify for regular unemployment rules of the applicable state ..

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SBA Loans and the $377 Billion Stimulus Approved for Small Businesses

SBA Loans and the $377 Billion Stimulus Approved for Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) comes with a $377 billion stimulus package specifically geared to small businesses affected by this national disaster. This package will provide relief to small businesses under a number of various Small Business Administration (SBA) programs...

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Force Majeure: Coronavirus (Covid 19) | Impact on Contracts

Force Majeure: Coronavirus (Covid 19) | Impact on Contracts

The Coronavirus effect is spreading across industries. Many sports activities are canceled. Annual meetings such as March Madness, Facebook’s F8, Mobile World Congress, and Auto Shows are canceled or organized online. The closure of the factories, the cancellation of concerts and sports activities, the cancellation of reservations in tourism, the restriction of entering the country completely affect the supply chain and the supply-demand cycle. It becomes impossible to fulfill your responsibilities in the contract. In this case, how will the responsibility be? In these and similar situations, you can use the Force Majeure provisions in your contract...

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Regulations Introduced in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Regulations Introduced in the Fight Against Coronavirus

To reduce the economic effects of the coronavirus, the US Congress has passed two packages so far. The negotiations for the third one continue. The following issues in these two packages are of interest to small businesses..

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F1 Visa Holders will be Employed Off-Campus

F1 Visa Holders will be Employed Off-Campus

If you experience severe economic hardship due to COVID-19 circumstances as a F-1 Student, you may request off-campus employment authorization. If you meet certain regulatory requirements and therefore get approved for your employment request, you may be able to work off-campus in one-year intervals up to the expected date of your study course completion...

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Updates on Extension/Change of Status Applications

Updates on Extension/Change of Status Applications

USCIS application, petition, or immigration requests are affected due to ongoing COVID-19 circumstances. Fortunately, USCIS made some changes in their regulations in order to make the processing run more smoothly. ..

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USCIS Adjusts Process for Managing EB-5 Visa Petition Inventory

USCIS Adjusts Process for Managing EB-5 Visa Petition Inventory

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a process change for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Investor, from a first-in, first-out basis to a visa availability approach...

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Recent Biometric Services and Fingerprint Waivers Updates by USCIS

Recent Biometric Services and Fingerprint Waivers Updates by USCIS

On January 30, 2020, USCIS announced several updates regarding biometrics collection and fingerprint waivers on its official web site. ..

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Apply Now to Avoid Longer Waiting Times for Some Green Cards

Apply Now to Avoid Longer Waiting Times for Some Green Cards

The periods of immediate processing of F2A green cards are about to end. Besides, some F4, EB-2, and EB-3 green cards will also retrogress soon...

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H-1B Electronic Registration Process Begins for the Fiscal Year 2021

H-1B Electronic Registration Process Begins for the Fiscal Year 2021

USCIS announced several important details regarding FY 2021 H-1B Cap Season Electronic Registration Procedures in Federal Register on 01/09/2020. ..

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