USISPF U.S. Immigration Briefing with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP
On March 31, USISPF hosted a webinar featuring Scott Fitzgerald, Sapna Annicelli, and Oishika Gupta from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, who shared updates on U.S. immigration law in the time of coronavirus.
With travel restrictions around the world making it difficult for foreign nations from some countries to leave the U.S., the USCIS has allowed for foreign nations in the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to stay for 30 days beyond the 90 days allowed under VWP.
Other rules have changed in response to the widespread adoption of social distancing measures, such as the use of e-verification for Form I-9, electronic methods to post Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), the reuse of previously submitted biometric data for Form I-765, and the use of scanned signatures on USCIS filings. With many companies furloughing or laying off workers, employers should also be aware about the rules associated with different visa categories.
Finally, the coronavirus pandemic means that USCIS offices, as well as U.S. consulates around the world, are temporarily closed, which means that in-person green card interviews and visa application appointments are suspended.