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Question #1 – B-1 Temporary Business Visitor

How long can someone stay in US on a Business Visa (B1/B2)?

USCIS is launching a new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone system for calls to the USCIS Contact Center. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone system is a technology that allows a computer system to interact and communicate with humans using voice and phone keypad tones. The new telephone system will be available in both English and Spanish, but it is a limited roll-out across the country.

This new system will personalize the caller’s experience by:

  • Speak to the system rather than selecting keypad options;

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Florida, Georgia and Hawaii!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have made a temporary final rule change to certain H-2A requirements! These temporary changes are to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment! DHS and USDA are working to protect the nation’s food supply chain and lessen impacts during this public health emergency.

The rule change allows:

  1. An H-2B employer to employ an H-2B nonimmigrant physically present in the United States while the employer’s H-2B petition on behalf of that nonimmigrant is still pending before USCIS. The temporary employment authorization will last for up to 60 days.

We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, May 22, 2020. Act now and submit your questions!

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Idaho, Illinois and Indiana!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

USCIS’s Mission Statement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.

I have created a list of USCIS online areas of information and social media sites below. These sites where created to share up-to-date information and/or important events!

USCIS announced on March 18th that they have suspended routine in-person services, they have now extended that public closure until at least June 4th. This step is being taken to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)! USCIS will continue to operate but without public personal contact. USCIS will provide very limited emergency services that require personal contact; you must contact the USCIS Contact Center for more information.

Please visit this USCIS News Alert for more information: USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

Source of Information:

USCIS announced on Wednesday, May 6th that military personnel and veteran aliens can now file their form N-400, Naturalization Application online! By filing online applicants will be allowed to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case and receive notices directly from USCIS. Joseph Edlow, Deputy Director for Policy, stated, “We’re excited to offer our service men and women the convenience of filing their naturalization application online…”

Please visit this USCIS News Release for more information: Military Personnel and Veterans Can Now File Their Form N-400, Naturalization Application, Online

Source of Information:

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) provides an updated ‘processing times’ in table form, with information on FY2020 second quarterly completions; January 2020 to March 2020. These figures indicate the time that it takes from the date the case is received at AAO coming from the Service Center or District Office to completion.

AAO Processing Times were released with processing dates as of 4/8/20. If you filed an appeal, please review the link below to determine the applicable processing time associated with your particular case.

Note: Starting with the January 2017 Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Processing Times Report, the AAO has changed how it presents processing time data. The AAO will now provide, by form type, the total number of case completions for the fiscal year quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, cases completed divided by their projected case goal.

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