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From the USCIS on Friday, April 3:On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily closed our offices to the public and cancelled all appointments, interviews, and ceremonies to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). That temporary closure is currently in effect through May 3, and may be extended. Our employees continue to work and are performing mission-essential functions that do not involve face-to-face contact with the public.During this time, USCIS will provide [...]

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ALBANY, N.Y. (February 3, 2020) – Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, is very pleased to announce that Barbara C. Brenner has been named partner.  Ms. Brenner practices with the Firm’s Immigration Group. She represents clients in a broad range of immigration matters, focusing on complex family- and employment-based petitions and applications, employer compliance and I-9 employment eligibility verification, waivers of inadmissibility [...]

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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 2, 2020) – Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, the Capital Region’s largest law firm, has announced three new partners:  Christopher W. Meyer, Monica R. Skanes, and Brian M. Wang.  Chris Meyer leads the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Information Management practice, helping clients protect critical business and consumer information.  He also represents clients in commercial litigation, corporate transactions, and regulatory compliance [...]

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Just after 5:00 PM (EST) on December 6, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will implement an H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 cap-subject petitions. The initial registration period will run from March 1 – March 20, 2020 and upends longstanding government practice for what many have referred to as “H-1B season” from January through early April each year. There are more questions than answers at this writing, but [...]

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Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the benefits agency component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, published in the Federal Register a 92-page proposed rule that will amend the fee schedule for immigration benefit requests, commonly referred to as “filing fees.” The proposed rule can be accessed at [...]

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