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Posts from February 2021.
Citizenship/Naturalization: 2020 Civics Test Withdrawn; USCIS Has Returned to 2008 Civics Test

On December 1, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a revised naturalization civics test (2020 civics test updated from 2008 civics test) as part of a decennial test review and update process. In addition to making changes to the test content, the 2020 ...

Impact of Recreational Cannabis Law on Employers

Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an adult-use cannabis reform bill into law, legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years of age and older. While we are awaiting the official version of the law to be circulated, here are some important takeaways from ...

CDC Announces New Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On February 11, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered its prior COVID-19 quarantine guidelines with the release of revised public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Specifically, a vaccinated person with an exposure to someone ...

Registration Period for H-1B Visa Lottery to Open March 9; DHS Delays Implementation of Wage Based System

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that the registration period for the 2021 H-1B visa lottery will open on March 9 and run through March 25. Like last year, petitioners must create a myUSCIS Online account to electronically register and pay the $10 ...

Acting Commissioner LaTourette Maps Out Plans for the NJDEP

On January 16, 2021, Shawn LaTourette became New Jersey’s Acting Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Two weeks into office, Acting Commissioner LaTourette attended the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s (CIANJ) virtual ...

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposed Delay in Effective Date of Final Rule Affecting Wages for H-1B and PERM Workers

The Department of Labor issued a Federal Register notice proposing a 60-day delay of the effective date of the Final RuleStrengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States from March 15, 2021 until May 14, 2021. On ...

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