D&S Immigration Law Blog

Our Business Hours & Remote Services in Response to Covid-19

The safety and well-being of our team and clients remain our main priority during the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. [callout] While closely monitoring official guidance from the CDC, our attorneys and staff will continue to serve the needs of new and existing clients during our usual business hours: Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time). Moving all services remotely: following Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order for all state residents to “stay at home,” our team will be conducting all appointments via audio and videoconferencing from March 23, 2020 until April 30, 2020 (or further notice). Although the...

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USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

From USCIS: [callout] In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it adopted measures to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). This alert clarifies that this flexibility also applies to certain Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) and Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) regional investment centers, as well as certain filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. Notice/Request/Decision Issuance Date: This flexibility applies to an RFE, NOID, NOIR, NOIT or appealable decision within AAO jurisdiction and the issuance date listed...

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USCIS to accept scanned and photocopied signatures during National Emergency

From USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency announced by President Trump on March 13, 2020, we will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and beyond. USCIS already accepts various petitions, applications and other documents bearing an electronically reproduced original signature. This means that a document may be scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced provided that the copy must be of an original document containing an original handwritten signature, unless otherwise specified.[1] For forms that require...

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USCIS and Immigration Court Closures Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review have announced closures and restricted services effective March 18, 2020 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. USCIS: routine in-person services are suspended until at least May 3, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, interviews and appointments related to processes such as family-based petitions (I-130), adjustment of status applications (I-485), naturalization (N-400), and asylum (I-589). USCIS plans to begin reopening offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. “USCIS domestic field offices will send notices to...

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