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USCIS Issues New Policy Guidance

The latest policy updates issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services clarify criteria for expedited processing, improve Request for Evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) guidance and increase validity periods for initial and renewal employment authorization documents for individuals with pending adjustment of status applications.

  • Expedited processing: may be requested for severe financial loss to a company or individual, emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons, nonprofit organizations whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the U.S. and U.S. government interests, including public safety or national security interests.

  • RFEs and NOIDs: reverts to previous policy of issuing an RFE or NOID instead of a denial when additional evidence could demonstrate eligibility for an immigration benefit.

  • Employment authorization documents (EADs): validity period will increase to two years for pending adjustment of status applicants.

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Kimberly A. Clarke, Varnum, Immigration Lawyer
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Kim focuses her practice on immigration matters, including nonimmigrant petitions, both employment- and family-based permanent residence applications, expatriation and foreign visa issues. She has developed a strong background in the area of worker verification issues and managed clients through internal and agency Form I-9 audits, USICE compliance investigations and civil criminal charges.

In addition, Kim maintains a specialty practice of consultation with agricultural clients and handles various agricultural labor and employment issues such as compliance with...

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Nina A. Thekdi, immigration lawyer, Varnum
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Nina focuses her practice on business and family-based immigration matters.  Her experience encompasses nonimmigrant visa petitions including H-1B visas, L-1A and L-1B visas, TN visas under the NAFTA treaty, and O-1 visas. She also assists clients with employment-based permanent residence petitions including the labor certifications process, EB-1 extraordinary ability, EB-1 outstanding professor and researchers and EB-1 multinational managers and executives petitions; family-based permanent residence applications; naturalization applications; and foreign visa issues.   ...

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Yvonne Kupfermann Employment Lawyer Varnum Law Firm Grand Rapids
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Yvonne focuses her practice primarily on employment and family-based immigration in addition to general corporate matters. She assists clients with employment and family-based permanent residence petitions, including the labor certification process, visas for extraordinary ability, and multinational managers and executives petitions. She focuses on visa processing, waivers, DACA and citizenship matters. Additionally, she has experience in general corporate matters, including LLC formation.

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