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Important Win for Grinberg & Segal in Immigration Case Involving a Courts Martial Conviction

On March 24, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit certified its decision in Persad v. Barr, 17-661. Our office represented the petitioner, Mr. Dasrath D. Persad, in his appeal of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) finding that his unitary sentence based on convictions for four separate offenses by a military court-martial in 1992 was categorically an aggravated felony theft offense under INA 101(a)(43)(G). I (Alexander J. Segal) presented oral arguments on behalf of Mr. Persad before a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit on October 16, 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coronavirus-Related Immigration and Travel Updates

In this post, we will discuss recent immigration- and travel-related developments regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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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.

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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. In this article, we will review the Federal Register notice regarding H1B registration for H1B petitions subject to the FY 2021 H1B cap.

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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. In opposing the stay of the Illinois injunction, Justice Sotomayor wrote critically of both the Government’s myriad emergency applications to the Supreme Court to stay district court injunctions and the Supreme Court’s willingness to grant those stay requests. In this post, we will examine Justice Sotomayor’s dissent briefly.

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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. The CW1 nonimmigrant visa category is a special classification for nonimmigrants working in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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