Jon Velie, Author at OnlineVisas

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USCIS Responds to COVID-19 with Special Consideration for RFEs and NOIDS Signalling for Measures to Protect Immigrant Workforce

On March 26, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services responded to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by announcing that it is taking measures to provide some relief for applicants

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I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Changes During COVID-19

USCIS has temporarily adjusted rules for the filing of I-9 forms during the national health emergency caused by COVID-19. Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of all

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What H-1B Employers and Employees Must Know About Remote Work Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Many employers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting on-the-fly remote work policies, canceling conferences, limiting travel, and recommending 14-day quarantines for people with suspected

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H-1B Holder Affected by COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

Many employers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting on-the-fly remote work policies, and, in extreme cases, laying off and terminating employees, leaving their H-1b employees in limbo.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Impact on H-1B Lottery

USCIS has not changed the March 20, 2020 deadline for filing registrations for the lottery for cap based H-1B visas. If a petitioning company did not register for a beneficiary by the deadline, they

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International Students and Universities Score Big Immigration Win

On February 6, 2020, universities and international students prevailed in a legal battle when U.S. District Judge Loretta C. Biggs granted the motion of universities to block a memo issued by the U.S.

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USCIS Introduces More Policies to Deter International Students

International students face more difficulties as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to reinterpret and redefine policy language. The Trump administration plans to target

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OnlineVisas Named in Top 75 Immigration Blogs

OnlineVisas Immigration News blog made the cut for Feedspot’s Top 75 Immigration Blogs. The list includes high profile immigration advocacy groups, professors and law groups. The topics range from

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Inadmissibility on Public Charge Rule Now in Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling in favor of lifting nationwide injections placed on the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds rule. The ‘Public Charge’ rules will make many applicants inadmissible

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Upload Your H1B Denials and RFEs and See if We Can Do Better

The number of approvals for H-1B visa petitions has plummeted in recent years, and is setting out to reverse the trend. We want to show companies our approach upfront. In addition

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