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February 2021


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Can you feel it? Change is coming! Spring is almost here! Immigration Reform is possible. The United States is becoming a more welcoming place for immigrants. I think and live abundantly and part of that is sharing and giving freely. Immigrants have played a pivotal role in shaping this wonderful country of ours and welcoming others to our country can only make America stronger, richer and better than ever. Building walls based on fear and a scarcity and lack mentality will not make America better. Immigrants are not taking from America. They are giving us so much. We have enough. Let's share our great country. It will only make our lives richer, I promise.

Abundantly yours,

Elizabeth xo

Do you need to file a Cap-Subject H-1B Petition this Year?

H-1B season is here! If you or one of your employees needs assistance with filing a cap-subject H-1B petition for Fiscal Year 2022, don’t hesitate to call us!

Petitioners who wish to file a cap-subject H-1B petition will need to complete the H-1B Electronic Registration Process by next month. This process is fairly new as it was just implemented last year. Only selected registrations will be eligible to file cap-subject petitions. Registration starts on March 9th and ends on March 30th, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

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We proudly announce that Elizabeth Garvish and Nadia Deans Kalata have been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers.

Elizabeth was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer for the seventh consecutive year. Nadia was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star for the third consecutive year.

"Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement."

"Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in their state or region. "

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Super Lawyers - Georgia 2021

Revocation of the Immigrant Visa Ban

On February 18, 2021, Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in the House “to provide an earned path to citizenship, to address the root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and to reform the immigrant visa system, and for other purposes.” Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) released the text of an identical bill that he is expected to introduce in the Senate. These bills express the legislative proposals that President Biden called for on his first day in office. We will stay tuned to legislative updates on these bills and continue to hope for long-awaited comprehensive immigration reform.

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Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

On February 22, 2021, USCIS announced it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021.  

On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised naturalization civics test (2020 civics test) as part of a decennial test review and update process. USCIS determined the 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization process.

The 2008 civics test was thoroughly developed over a multi-year period with the input of more than 150 organizations, which included English as a second language experts, educators, and historians, and was piloted before its implementation. USCIS aspires to make the process as accessible as possible as directed by President Biden’s request to review the process thoroughly.

Applicants who filed their application for naturalization on or after Dec. 1, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, likely have been studying for the 2020 test; therefore, USCIS will give these applicants the option to take either the 2020 civics test or the 2008 civics test. 

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USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test

USCIS Extends Flexibility to Responding to Agency Requests

USCIS has again extended the Covid-19 response flexibility period to respond to Agency Requests issued through March 31, 2021.

USCIS will consider late responses to certain requests or notices issued between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 (previously March 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021) as long as the response is received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the request/notice. This extension applies to Requests for Evidence; Continuation to Request Evidence; Notice of Intent to Deny; Notice of Intent to Revoke; Notice of Intent to Rescind; Notice of Intent to Terminate; and Motions to Reopen an N-400 pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5. USCIS will also consider Notices of Appeal or Motion (Form I-290B) and Requests for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Form N-336).

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

March 2021 Visa Bulletin

The March 2021 Visa Bulletin is out! EB-3 for “rest of the world” (except China and India) remains current. India and China experienced some movement as follows,

  • EB-1 India moves ahead to 01AUG20
  • EB-2 India moves ahead to 15JAN10
  • EB-3 India also moves ahead to 01JUL10
  • EB-1 China moves ahead to 01AUG20
  • EB-2 China moves ahead to 15JUL16
  • EB-3 China moves ahead to 08FEB18

Click here to see March's visa bulletin

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USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners

H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY 2021

Trump’s Buy American Hire American Rescinded

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