News and Updates from Poarch Thompson Law

USCIS DELAY SENDING RECEIPT NOTICES

USCIS DELAY SENDING RECEIPT NOTICES

Practitioners nationally have reported significant delays in receiving receipt notices form USCIS service centers after properly filing applications. While the canceled check sent with the application may provide evidence of receipt and a possible file number, it is critical to be able to demonstrate when the application was mailed and received by using some form of return receipt or delivery confirmation. 

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USCIS Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020

USCIS Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a Final Rule altering the USCIS fee schedule by a weighted average increase of 20 percent, including adding a new fee for asylum applications, establishing multiple fees for nonimmigrant worker petitions, and limiting the number of...

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Possible USCIS Layoff: Latest News & Impact

Possible USCIS Layoff: Latest News & Impact

The Migration Policy Institute recently issued a report on how the anticipated USCIS furlough of more the 70% of its workers, scheduled to commence August 30, 2020, will impact current immigration processing. (See Impending USCIS Furloughs Will Contribute to Historic...

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Possible USCIS Layoff: Latest News & Impact

Update on Public Charge

On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined the government from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective, the USCIS Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (84 FR 41292, 8/14/19) during the...

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US Department of State Guidance on Visa Ban Exemptions

US Department of State Guidance on Visa Ban Exemptions

On July 22, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) issued guidance regarding the application for exemptions to the June 2020 proclamation banning certain non-immigrant visa holders from entering the U.S. The DOS identified the following exemptions by visa type: For...

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PTL Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine

PTL Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine

Poarch Thompson Law attorney Christine Poarch was selected as a Super Lawyer and Poarch Thompson Law attorneys Rachel Thompson and Jaime McGuire were selected as Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2020 by the Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine. Our firm was recognized for our excellence in the practice area of immigration.

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COVID-19: Stimulus & Unemployment FAQs

COVID-19: Stimulus & Unemployment FAQs

Immigration attorneys have been getting many questions about unemployment benefits, the stimulus package and what it might mean for them. This blog discusses the most common questions regarding the stimulus package as a result of COVID-19. 

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