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COVID-19 Update – USCIS Suspends Most In-Person Services, U.S. North/South Borders Closed to Nonessential Traffic, Other Developments – This article presents a few highlights of developments in the short term for the fast-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers Calls on Agencies to Suspend Immigration Deadlines Due to COVID-19 Pandemic – In response to the pandemic, ABIL issued a press release urging multiple agencies to immediately suspend all immigration compliance deadlines.

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY 2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions – USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions due to the pandemic.

Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Period Has Closed – If USCIS has received enough applications during this period, the agency will randomly select the number it projects is needed and notify users via their online accounts by March 31, 2020.

USCIS Issues Reminder on New Form I-9 – Employers may use the 07/17/2017 edition through April 30, 2020. Starting May 1, 2020, employers can use only the new form with a 10/21/2019 edition date. A revised Spanish edition is available for Puerto Rico only.

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