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Joey Poarch Case Study – Toggle Magazine

Joey Poarch Case Study – Toggle Magazine

Poarch Thompson Law CIO Joey Poarch has been recognized in a case study by Toggle Magazine. Take a look at the recent article highlighting his experience and the transition of the business to remote work due to COVID-19. Joey Poarch – Poarch Thompson Law  ...

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Employers can use I-797 to complete I-9 verification

Employers can use I-797 to complete I-9 verification

Due to USCIS delays in production of certain employment authorization documents, USCIS announced that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action to complete I-9 verification with the following caveats:  the notice date on the I-797 must be on or after December 1,...

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USCIS avoids furlough; warns longer wait times

USCIS avoids furlough; warns longer wait times

USCIS announced that it will not furlough approximately 13,400 employees but at the cost of increased USCIS delays.  This year, USCIS processing times have increased substantially, including for work authorization. This decision, by USCIS’ own admission (Deputy...

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Department of State COVID-Related Guidance on Student Visas 

Department of State COVID-Related Guidance on Student Visas 

On March 9, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) instituted a temporary exemption regarding the online study policy for the 2020 spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted F and M students to take more online courses than normally allowed for purposes of maintaining a full course of study to maintain their F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency. 

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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 avoids furlough; warns longer wait times

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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