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With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Alerts
USCIS Expected to Reopen FY21 H-1B Lottery
August 11, 2020

On Monday, August 10, multiple sources close to USCIS began reporting that the agency would reopen the FY 2021 H-1B lottery due to lower than expected filing numbers of the cases initially selected back in March. USCIS is believed to have conducted a second lottery ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | August 10, 2020
August 10, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | August 7, 2020
August 10, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | August 5, 2020
August 5, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Alerts
Summary and Analysis on President Trump's Executive Order to Prioritize American Workers for Federal Contracts
August 3, 2020

On Monday, August 3, President Donald Trump released an "Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers to prioritize American workers." The stated goal of the EO is to create a policy where Federal agencies prioritize US labor for new ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | August 3, 2020
August 3, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Alerts
US Labor and Immigration Agencies Team Up on H-1B Enforcement
August 3, 2020

Summary: On Friday, USCIS announced via a tweet that the agency had "entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the US Department of Labor to provide access and share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data contained within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification." The tweet ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk to Author Jessica Goudeau about her book, "After the Last Border"
August 3, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, journalist and author Jessica Goudeau meets us at the mic to talk about her new book, After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America. Immigrants and refugees have been central to America’s identity for ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Alerts
USCIS to Increase Filing Fees
July 31, 2020

Summary: On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new Final Rule regarding USCIS filing fees.  USCIS has determined after a biennial fee review that it would face an expected $1 billion shortfall under the current fee schedule. The rule accounts for increased ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 29, 2020
July 29, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

US News
Trump Administration Limits DACA Following Supreme Court Decision in June
July 28, 2020

On Tuesday, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memo to announce plans to further limit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As outlined in the memo, the Trump Administration will continue to reject new requests and will limit renewals to less ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 27, 2020
July 28, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 24, 2020
July 24, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Immigration Nerds Talk to Dr. Deborah Watkins Bruner
July 24, 2020

In last week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talked about the impact of ICE modifying the SEVP temporary exemptions to restrict foreign students from online courses amid COVID-19 and the agency’s reversal. However, we didn’t get a chance to discuss the important role international students play ...

Alerts
Updates on the Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak
July 23, 2020

On Wednesday, July 23, a Department of State official announced publicly that individuals who were in the U.S. at the time of the Trump administration's release of the "Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 22, 2020
July 23, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 20, 2020
July 20, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we've always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Alerts
August 2020 Visa Bulletin Released
July 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the August 2020 Visa Bulletin. All employment-based categories see some movement in August 2020. The cut-off date for the EB-1 category for persons born in India has advanced by 9 months and the cut-off date for persons born ...

Alerts
This Week in Immigration: Updates on Recent Proclamations, Executive Orders, and Policies
July 17, 2020

Update for the Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak On July 16, 2020, the State Department confirmed that spouses and children of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa holders would be exempt from the June ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 17, 2020
July 17, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk about the Trump Administration's Rescinding of the Policy on F-1 Students and Online Courses
July 16, 2020

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Hiba Anver, Erickson Immigration Group Managing Director, about the Trump Administrations reversal of their policy restricting F-1 students from taking an all online course of study this fall and staying in the US. In a settlement on ...

Global News
The UK Home Office Releases Additional Information about the Post-Brexit Immigration System
July 16, 2020

On July 13, the UK the Home Office published a statement containing further details on the proposed new immigration system to begin on January 1, 2021, after the Brexit transition period. The new immigration system will apply to both EU citizens and non-EU citizens. The visa ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Alerts
Trump Administration Rescinds Rule on Foreign National Students and Online Courses
July 15, 2020

On Tuesday, the Trump administration stepped back from a policy position introduced on July 6 that would have put foreign national students studying in the US at risk of losing their visas if their coursework was online only. The outcome of such a policy would have forced ...

US News
USCIS will Furlough Staff in August
July 14, 2020

Beginning August 3, USCIS will furlough employees for up to 90 days in an effort to address a budget shortfall. The furloughs will likely cause delays and longer wait times for applications and filings. Additionally, the Ombudsman Office, whose "key statutory function is assisting individuals and ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 13, 2020
July 14, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 10, 2020
July 10, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | July 8, 2020
July 8, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

US News
Temporary Entry Provisions between the United States, Canada, and Mexico in USMCA
July 7, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA) took effect, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  While immigration was a subject of negotiations, few changes appear in Chapter 16 (Temporary Entry), which ...