COVID-19 Advisory

International Students under fire by the Trump Administration – will we still be able to attract international talent?

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and impact all aspects of society, concerns have arisen as to the future of the F-1 OPT program under the Trump Administration. This post describes the history of OPT, the legal challenges and attacks on OPT, and, while no action has been taken to change…

USCIS Plans to Reopen Offices and Public Services on June 4th

On May 27th, the USCIS announced that it expects to begin reopening domestic offices and public services beginning on June 4th or later. All asylum interviews, naturalization ceremonies, interviews, appointments, and biometrics appointments canceled due to office closures will be automatically rescheduled. All applicants will be issued new notices confirming the rescheduled event.

USCIS Makes Technical Updates to its Policy Manual to Clarify Guidance on Portability for Physicians with approved NIW immigrant petitions

On Wednesday May 20, 2020, USCIS updated its Policy Manual to clarify guidance on portability for physicians with an approved immigrant  petition based on a national interest waiver (NIW) applying for adjustment of status and the applicability of the two-year foreign residence requirements to certain NIW physicians. This change was made in Chapter 8 of…

Trump’s Proclamation: More Bark than Bite?

President Trump’s Immigration Proclamation only limits a narrow set of potential immigrants, with little impact on protecting the U.S. labor market. It instead appears to be a stepping stone to pursuing an anti-immigrant agenda. On April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a Proclamation intended to suspend the entry of immigrants who purportedly present a…

President Trump’s Proposed Executive Order to Ban Immigration Will Unlikely Be What He Tweeted

At 10:06 pm Eastern on April 20, 2020, President Donald Trump stated his intent to assert the most sweeping policy for immigration in U.S. history, by tweet. This was later followed by a Whitehouse press conference on April 21, 2020, where he narrowed the scope to 60 days with possible extensions and to only target…

COVID-19 MPLG Update: Immigration Operation Updates and Closures

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, various government departments and agencies have suspended a wide range of in-person immigration operations. Updated instructions and processes have also been provided for certain immigration filings. Below, we provide several links to track the most up-to-date information on the government’s response to immigration

COVID-19 MPLG Update: FAQs re Appointments, Visa Processing, etc.

MPLG has received several questions related to appointments, office closures, visas, and travel as a result of COVID-19. We answer some of them below. Q1. Do I have to attend my biometrics appointment or USCIS interview scheduled at the USCIS field office during the Shelter-in Place (SIP) order? A1. No, not until the SIP order…

COVID-19 – MPLG Update: COVID-19 Stimulus Package and Eligible Immigrants

On March 27, 2020, a $2 trillion stimulus package, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), was signed into law. The stimulus package provides relief to businesses and direct payments to individuals. Below we briefly describe the relief for individuals

COVID-19 MPLG Updates: Immigration Impact of Work Stoppages for H-1B Workers

If companies are unable to generate enough work for an employee due to the COVID-19 outbreak, then H-1B workers, whose immigration status is tied to their employment, may not be able to maintain their non-immigrant status. There is currently no specific COVID-19 relief to nonimmigrant workers

COVID-19 MPLG Updates: Unemployment Benefits & Immigration Status

With more and more people either losing their jobs, being temporarily laid off, or furloughed, unemployment benefits may be a critical component of economic security. This update analyzes eligibility for certain foreign nationals. We conclude that Lawful Permanent Residents can seek