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Immigration Insider | June 2023

June 16, 2023

End to COVID-19 I-9 Flexibilities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security implemented an inspection deferral policy for I-9 completion which provided flexibility to employers reviewing identity and work authorization documents for remote workers. These flexibilities will end on July 31, 2023. By August 30, 2023, employers must complete in-person physical document inspection of employee documents that were remotely inspected.

If you have questions regarding I-9 completion, retention, or audits, please contact us.

Premium Processing Available for Some Change of Status Applicants

As of June 26, those filing applications to change into F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1 or J-2 will be able to file via Premium Processing (those with pending applications can upgrade to Premium Processing immediately.)  At this time, Premium Processing is not available for extension of status requests.  The Premium Processing fee for these applications is $1750, and USCIS will review such filings within 30 days.

End to COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

The COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international travelers to the United States ended as of May 11. This means that beginning May 12, non-immigrant air passengers no longer require proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to board a flight to the U.S.