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The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 is changing immigration and businesses in the short-term and has the potential for long-term effects. Stay tuned to this special resource page for the latest updates for employers and foreign workers as we help you navigate these challenging times.
Immigration & Business Topics for Employers & Workers
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2020
- Public Charge Form Now Required (9/22/2020)
- Employee Green Card Availability Could Increase October 1, 2020 (9/21/2020)
- Applying for an Expedited Consular Appointment (9/18/2020)
- Interview Waiver Checklist: Are you eligible for a Drop Box appointment? (9/18/2020)
- National Interest Exceptions to H, L, J Travel Bans (9/18/2020)
- EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 2021: Flexibility for Responses to USCIS Requests & Notices (9/14/2020)
- Premium Processing Would Increase to $2,500 Under Proposed House Bill (8/25/2020)
- Immigration & Travel Challenges Leave Green Card Holders Considering U.S. Citizenship (8/21/2020)
- Employer I-9 Update: Using I-797s During EAD Production Delays (8/20/2020)
- I-9 Compliance Flexibility Extended Through September (8/18/2020)
- USCIS to Furlough Majority of Workforce (8/17/2020)
- Expanded Exceptions to Travel Ban: 3 Eligibility Criteria for L-1 Applicants (8/14/2020)
- 5 Eligibility Criteria for Overcoming H-1B Ban (8/13/2020)
- USCIS Fees Shift on October 2, 2020 (8/6/2020)
- Judge Orders USCIS to Address Printing Backlogs (8/5/2020)
MAY – JULY 2020
- USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests Through September 11, 2020 (7/1/2020)
- New Immigration Ban: President Declares Foreign Workers “Threat” to U.S. Economy (6/23/2020)
- USCIS Fees Likely to Increase Due to Budget Shortfall (5/18/2020)
- COVID Legislative Updates: HEROES Act, Presidential Proclamation, Healthcare Worker Resiliency Act, Senators’ Letter to White House (5/18/2020)
- USCIS Clarifies & Expands Flexibility for RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT Responses (UPDATED 5/1/2020: Extended through July 1, 2020)
- USCIS Office Closures (UPDATED 4/24/2020: Extended through June 3, 2020)
- ESTA/VWP Notice: Requesting Satisfactory Departure “Extension” (4/23/2020)
- Immigration Proclamation Signed: 60-day Suspension for New Green Card Entries to U.S. (NEW 4/23/2020)
- White House Provides Details on Twitter-Announced Immigration Plan (Updated 4/22/2020)
- COVID Updates for H-2A and H-2B Foreign Workers (4/15/2020)
- Delays for H-1B Cap Processing & Nonimmigrant Extension/Change of Status Filings (4/13/2020)
- CARES Act: “Nonresident Aliens” Not Eligible for Stimulus Funds (4/8/2020)
- Workforce Layoffs or Terminations During COVID-19: Immigration Considerations for Employees (4/7/2020)
- DHS Announces No Additional H-2B Visas to be Released (4/3/2020)
- Effects of Unemployment Benefits and COVID-19 on Public Charge Inadmissibility for Green Cards (4/2/2020)
- National Visa Center Delays & Service Shifts During COVID-19 (4/2/2020)
- USCIS to Reuse Biometrics for Employment Authorization Extensions (3/31/2020)
- Webinar: Critical COVID Updates for Employers & Foreign Workers Recording from 3/30/2020
- USCIS Clarifies & Expands Flexibility for RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT Responses (3/30/2020)
- USCIS Grants Extensions for RFE and NOID Responses (3/26/2020)
- VWP/ESTA Visitors: Options for Extensions Due to COVID Travel Problems
- Maintaining H-1B & PERM Notice Compliance During Shutdowns: Can Employees Work Remotely?
- Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B, E-1/E-2, EB-1 and Other Employees
- Form I-9 Requirements Temporarily Modified for Remote Offices
- Business Struggles Due to COVID: Responsibilities of H-1B Employers
- Reproduced Original Signatures Temporarily Acceptable for USCIS Submissions
RESUMING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 at 12 PM ET
FREE WEEKLY WEBINAR: Critical COVID Updates for Employers & Foreign Workers
Thank you for your questions and responses to our COVID webinar series. We will be hosting a weekly webinar every Wednesday going forward to update you on the most critical updates. Register once and join us every week. After a short break, we are excited to return on September 16, 2020!
COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus is disrupting business operations globally and having a profound effect on immigrant employees working for U.S. organizations.
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Maintaining H-1B and PERM Notice Compliance During COVID Shutdowns: Can Employees Work Remotely?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires certain postings for the H-1B and PERM programs to alert U.S. workers of the filings. Some employers have shut their doors to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, while other companies are shifting employees to working remotely. DOL regulations governing H-1B and PERMS require employment at a specific worksite, so when H-1B workers are no longer at their approved worksites, the question arises as to how notice requirements change and if an amended H-1B petition is required. Notices are often posted on company bulletin boards, but with limited operations employees are not likely to see the postings.
Posting Labor Condition Application (LCAs) for H-1B Programs
Posting an LCA is a DOL requirement to ensure the jobs of U.S. workers are protected by demonstrating that the H-1B workers earn the same wages and benefits of similarly qualified U.S. workers. The LCAs can be provided…