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David H. Wetmore Appointed Chairman of the BIA

On May 29, 2020, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the appointment of David H. Wetmore as the chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

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USCIS Resuming Premium Processing In Phases Beginning June 1

On May 29, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 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 phases over the next month.

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Online EOIR Automated Case Information Application Now Available

The EOIR unveiled an online automated case information application. It works similarly to the EOIR’s automated case information telephone hotline.

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Flexibility for H2B Petitioners to Support the U.S. Food Supply Chain

On May 12, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had published a temporary final rule to change certain H2B requirements to help support the U.S. food-supply chain.

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USCIS Contact Centers Implement Interactive Voice Response Telephone System

On May 18, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a new interactive voice response telephone system for calls to the USCIS Contact Center.

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DOS Postpones the Opening of Entry Status Check for Diversity Visa-2021 Applications

On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is postponing the opening of Entrant Status Check for the Diversity Visa-2021 applications from May 5, 2020, through June 6, 2020.

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EOIR Adds Three New Board of Immigration Appeals Members

On April 1, 2020, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) published an interim rule expanding the size of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) from 21 members to 23. On May 1, 2020, the EOIR announced the investiture of three new members of the BIA.

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National Visa Center Will No Longer Accept Inquiries Through Mail

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning on June 1, 2020, the “National Visa Center will no longer accept or respond to inquiries through mail.”

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Coronavirus News - USCIS Plans to Reopen Offices on or After June 4, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is readying its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers to reopen for in-person services on or after June 4, 2020.

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