October 2020 Visa Bulletin

If you are inquiring about the status of your Adjustment of Status case(s) filed in November, please note that given the mass number of case filings, we anticipate that we will not receive the Receipt Notices for at least 6 to 8 weeks from filing (and perhaps longer). Upon arrival of the Receipt Notices, we will post copies to your profile in our case management system and will email you. In addition, you should receive a set of the Receipt Notices directly at your home address.
COVID-19 Immigration Impacts

Executive Order on Green Card Processing ‘ on June 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order extending through December 31, 2020 the suspension of immigration into the United States.

We know and understand that this causes concern within the immigrant community. Please note though that this restriction applies to those processing for permanent residency OUTSIDE the United States. This is a temporary restriction that happens to coincide with the closures of many Consular Post due to COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation and will provide additional details when available. We will shortly post on our website a written summary of the Executive Order.

Executive Order on H-1BS, H-2Bs, L-1s, and J-1s – On June 22, 2020 President Trump signed an Executive Order suspending entry into the U.S. in H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 status for those individuals who were outside the U.S. on June 22nd and did not hold a valid unexpired visa stamp for entry in the listed status. We are working through the details and exemptions listed in the Executive Order and will shortly post on our website a written summary of the Executive Order.

Signatures ‘ the USCIS will temporarily accept scanned copies of signatures. For all documents requiring a signature, you must print the document, sign and date it, scan the signature pages to us and mail the original signatures pages to us. We must hold the original signatures in the file in case the USCIS requests the original signed pages. The USCIS will not accept an electronic signature ‘ only scanned copies of a live signature.

USCIS Closings ‘ The USICS announced on May 26th that it will begin opening local offices for in-person appointments on June 4th. Please visit the USCIS office closures page for details on local offices, and guidelines for entering USCIS facilities. www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings http://www.USCIS.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings.

The USCIS Service Centers remain operational.

EOIR Closings ‘ the U.S. Immigration Courts are generally operating, with some exceptions. If you have an upcoming hearing or deadline, please communicate with us on a regular basis. Do not presume that any deadline or hearing is canceled or postponed unless we specifically advise you of the same.

Our Office ‘ the Dowd and Company Team remains operational. The Team is in the office. We are presently meeting with clients by appointment only and are restricting guests and visitors.

We have in place several measures to protect, as best we can, our clients and our Team, including taking temperatures, santizing hands, requiring masks, etc. When you scheudle an appointment we will send you an email detailing the protective measures.

We also continue to “meet” with clients via phone and Zoom.

We thank you for your patience while we work through the many COVID-19 relating issues.

Immigration Mailing List – If you wish to be added to our email list for Immigration Updates, please send an email to Zach@ImmigrationJourney with your request.