Thursday, March 26, 2020

Legal immigrants at risk of losing work permits, status during USCIS closure

A prior immigrationprof post pointed out that USCIS will be closing as part of the covid-19 response. The inevitable consequence: immigrants with legal status could violate immigration law over the next few months out of no fault of their own if their visas and work permits expire. The USCIS remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic until at least April 1.

"The immediate and most pressing concern for our members and employees is ensuring individuals whose status is expiring have means and measures to remain lawfully," said Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, director of government relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in a statement for The Hill.

In a letter Monday to Ken Cuccinelli, the USCIS senior official performing the duties of the director, AILA demanded the agency freeze all deadlines as of Friday, threatening litigation if the agency does not comply.


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