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Dos suspends routine visa services due to coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) suspended routine visa services due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Uscis temporarily accepting forms with reproduced signatures due to coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond.

Uscis suspends public access to offices due to coronavirus

On March 17, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The suspension will be effective at least until April 1, 2020.

Uscis suspends premium processing due to coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended the premium processing service for all Form I-129 and Form I-140 visa petitions due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Uscis accepting cw-1 petitions under cnmi disaster recovery act

On February 19, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is now accepting CW1 nonimmigrant visa petitions under the CNMI Disaster Recovery Workforce Act.

H1b registration period for fy 2021 cap season

On January 9, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the implementation of an H1B registration process for all H1B cap-subject petitions. The registration period will run from March 1, 2020, thru March 20, 2020.

Justice sotomayor dissents from decision to lift public charge stay

On February 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed a statewide injunction entered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the implementation of the public charge rule in Illinois by a vote of 5-4.

Registration period for fy 2021 h1b cap begins on march 1, 2020

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the initial registration period for the FY 2021 H1B cap will open at noon EST on March 1, 2020. This initial registration period will end on March 20, 2020.

Supreme court stays illinois-specific injunction against public charge rule

On February 21, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Federal Government’s application to stay the preliminary injunction entered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the enforcement of its public charge final rule in Illinois.