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USCIS Suspends Interviews and Premium Processing for Cap H-1B Cases, Consulates Suspend or Limit Visa Interviews

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced temporary suspension until April 1 of all in-person activities at local offices including biometric appointments, permanent residence interviews, asylum hearings and naturalization ceremonies. USCIS will send notices to affected applicants rescheduling.

USCIS also announced suspension of premium processing on cap H-1B petitions. The new H-1B registration period closes March 20, 2020 at noon. USCIS is expected to select cap cases the following week, and petitions may be filed within 90 days after selection. USCIS expected to phase in resumption of premium processing, first with change of status from F-1 status by May 27 and then all cases by June 29. 

U.S. Department of State, through its embassies and consulates worldwide, has limited or cancelled visa interviews. With H-2A and H-2B visa processing needed to support seasonal work, Mexican consulates are processing scheduled visa appointments and working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on protocols to continue processing. To access information on operations at individual consulates, please see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

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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.

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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.   She guides clients through the process of obtaining short-term visas and permanent residence status for skilled personnel, including technical professionals, accountants, scientists, managers and executives.  Nina also provides counsel regarding effective immigration compliance programs.

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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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