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July 2020 Visa Bulletin

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The Department of State has released the July 2020 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.

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网课禁令驱赶留学生?让子弹飞一会儿

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7月6日,国土安全部发布通知,在今年秋季学期,如果留学生完全上网课,将无法保持在美合法学生身份,也无法获得学生签证以及入境许可。[i]

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June 2020 Visa Bulletin

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The Department of State has released the June 2020 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.

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川普又一轮移民禁令,你还跟得上吗?

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6月22日,川普总统签发了第二轮移民禁令,除了延长上一轮移民禁令到年底(2020年12月31日)以外,还针对了一部分工作签证的人。

在行政命令发布后,宋和孟律师事务所接到了大家的大量询问。首先,澄清一个概念,这次的禁令,禁的是国务院通过领事馆签发的“签证”(visa),不是向移民局递交的“申请”(petition/application)。

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USCIS to Resume Premium Processing in Phases for I-129 and I-140 Petitions

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in the following phases over the next month:

June 1, 2020 – USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions.

June 8, 2020 – USCIS will accept premium processing requests for:

  • H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication and are cap-exempt (for example, petitions filed by petitioners that are cap-exempt and petitions filed for beneficiaries previously counted toward the numerical allocations).
  • All other Form I-129 petitions (non H-1B petitions) for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing filed before June 8 that are pending adjudication.

June 15, 2020 – USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for:

  • H-1B petitions requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 concurrently with their I-129 (or request for a petition filed on or after June 8) and are exempt from the cap because:
    • The employer is cap-exempt or because the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, entity or organization (such as an institution of higher education, a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization); or
    • The beneficiary is cap-exempt based on a Conrad/IGA waiver under INA section 214(l).

June 22, 2020 – USCIS plans on resuming premium processing for all other Form I-129 petitions, including:

  • All H-1B cap-subject petitions (including those for fiscal year 2021), including change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status, for both premium processing upgrades and concurrently filed I-907s.
  • All other Form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant classifications eligible for premium processing and requesting premium processing by filing an I-907 concurrently with their I-129.

If you choose to request the premium processing service, USCIS will guarantee a 15-day processing time. If USCIS does not take certain adjudicative actions within the 15‑calendar day processing time, USCIS will refund the premium processing service fee and will continue with the expedited processing of the petition.

If you have any questions regarding the premium processing service, please feel free to contact our firm.

Updated 06/02/2020


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5.29川普禁令:中国留学生终将成大选炮灰吗?

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5月29日,川普发布重磅消息,禁止支持“军民融合战略”(military-civil fusion strategy)的中国留学生持F、J签证赴美深造学习。[i]

该规定于2020年6月1日起生效,没有具体结束时间,等到总统撤回才失效。

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May 2020 Visa Bulletin

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The Department of State has released the May 2020 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.

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川普签发移民禁令,到底禁了谁?

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开始文章之前,先揭晓答案:川普的移民禁令,对现状几乎零影响

您可能感觉不信:这总统都推文了,新闻里川普要“暂停移民”都已经传了好几圈了,这还有假?你不会是要骗我继续办移民吧?

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因疫情失业身份不保,一条救急的冷门规定

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新冠疫情目前在全球蔓延,截止到今天发文时,美国的确诊病例已经超过50万。同时,由于新冠疫情引发的经济震荡也已经初现端倪,美国的失业人口显著增加。根据《财富》杂志最新的估计,失业率已经达到14.7%,仅4月4日一周就有660万人申请失业补助。[i] 与之形成鲜明对比的是,在新冠疫情席卷美国以前,美国的失业率只有3.5%。据《纽约邮报》预测,即使疫情控制后经济复苏,美国的失业率可能也将在6%-10%之间浮动,持续到2021年。[ii]

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Covid-19下移民政策更新,本所因应方案

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最近随着新冠疫情在美国的蔓延,各州以及联邦政府的管控措施也不断升级。3月18日,移民局宣布取消面向公众的当面服务;3月19日晚,加州州长宣布州内除生活必需活动外,所有活动暂停,居民留守家中。

一系列的举措出台后,宋和孟律师事务所陆续收到很多客户问询,想了解相关移民政策对自己正在进行中、或者将要进行的移民申请的影响。也有客户关心目前本所的运营是否仍然照常,这里和大家一并说明一下。

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