Month: September 2020

City of Roanoke partners with United States Immigration Services for citizenship week

Joy Hepkins was featured in USCIS’ lunch and learn celebrating citizenship during citizenship week. Gaston Araoz-Riveros of Senator Kaine’s office and Tiffany Bradbury of the City of Roanoke were in attendance. Joy spoke about her path to the United States and becoming a US citizen. She hails from Johannesburg, South Africa and described fleeing governmental oppression during apartheid. She described her upbringing and what it was like living in a country where she could not vote, could not go to certain schools and could not live in certain neighborhoods because of the color of her skin. Due to a shortage of nurses at Temple University, Joy was accepted and looked forward to living in a democratic and free country. She described the US as a beacon of hope. She met Rohan Hepkins, a naturalized citizen from Jamaica, and he soon became her husband. They still live in the suburbs of Philly and she believe the US is the greatest country on earth. The moment most dear to her was when she was able to vote for the very first time here in the US. She is proud to call herself and citizen of the US of America.

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Employers can use I-797 to complete I-9 verification

Due to USCIS delays in production of certain employment authorization documents, USCIS announced that employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action to complete I-9 verification with the following caveats: 

  • the notice date on the I-797 must be on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020; 
  • receipt notice is not sufficient, it must be an I-797 informing an applicant of approval of an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765); 
  • the I-797 approval notice functions as a List C document through December 1, 2020 even though it states on its face that it is not evidence of employment authorization; 
  • the use of the I-797 as described above is not a List A document (establishing both identity and employment authorization) or a List B document (establishing identity), so employees who present a Form I-797 Notice of Action described above for new employment must also present their employer with an acceptable List B document that establishes identity. 

The lists of acceptable documents are on Form I-9.  

For reverification, employees can present this Form I-797 Notice of Action as proof of employment authorization under List C. 

By December 1, 2020, employers must reverify employees who presented this Form I-797 Notice of Action as a List C document. These employees will need to present their employers with new evidence of employment authorization from either List A or List C. We encourage employers to accept new EADs presented by employees as soon as they receive them from USCIS prior to December 1, 2020, to satisfy the reverification requirement.  However, it is the employees’ choice whether to present their new EADs, or a different document from either List A or List C. 

As always, contact Amaryllis Law if you have questions or need clarification. 

Current through 9.1.20

USCIS avoids furlough; warns longer wait times

USCIS announced that it will not furlough approximately 13,400 employees but at the cost of increased USCIS delays. 

This year, USCIS processing times have increased substantially, including for work authorization. This decision, by USCIS’ own admission (Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow) “comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board” and offers no guarantee that it will avoid future furloughs. 

USCIS announced that anticipated operational impacts include “increased wait times for pending case inquiries with the USCIS Contact Center, longer case processing times, and increased adjudication time for aliens adjusting status or naturalizing.” All of these filings have seen delays already under this administration and as a result of COVID closures.

As always, contact Amaryllis Law if you have questions or need clarification. 

Current through 9.1.20

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