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USCIS offers immigration relief measures for those affected by severe weather

USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as the recent severe weather and flooding in areas of the Southern and Midwestern United States. The following measures may be available upon request:

  • Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.
  • Re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS.
  • Expedited processing of advance parole requests.
  • Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship.
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate.
  • Consideration of fee waivers due to an inability to pay.
  • Assistance for those who were scheduled for an immigration interview or who received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to appear for the interview or submit evidence or respond in a timely manner.
  • Replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
  • Rescheduling of a biometrics appointment.

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Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC

Adhikari Law, PLLC. On April 9, 2015, the precedent decision Matter of SIMEIO SOLUTIONS, LLC (Simeio) was issued. This decision represents the USCIS position that H-1B petitioners are required to file an amended or new petition before placing an H-1B employee at a new place of employment not covered by an existing, approved H-1B petition.
Except as provided below in the Simeio compliance section, a petitioner must file an amended or new H-1B petition if the H-1B employee is changing his or her place of employment to a geographical area requiring a corresponding LCA to be certified to USCIS, even if a new LCA is already certified by the U.S. Department of Labor and posted at the new work location.
Once a petitioner properly files the amended or new H-1B petition, the H-1B employee can immediately begin to work at the new place of employment, provided the requirements of
section 214(n) of the INA are otherwise satisfied. The petitioner does not have to wait for a final decision on the amended or new petition for the H-1B employee to start work at the new place of
employment.

On May 21, 2015, USCIS issued draft guidance on this topic and solicited public comment regarding the implementation of Simeio. After reviewing and carefully considering the feedback submitted, USCIS is now issuing 2015-0721, Simeio Solutions Transition Guidance Memo.

PM-602-0120 is effective immediately. Please note, while this final guidance responds to many of the comments received, some suggestions and inquiries were outside the scope of Simeio and, therefore, are not addressed in this document. USCIS will consider addressing those remaining questions, as necessary, in the near future.


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