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Governor Murphy Provides Guidance for Employers on Face Mask and Social Distancing Measures in the Workplace

On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 242, which rescinded, as of May 28, 2021, the mask and social distancing mandates for businesses that are open to the public, but retained those mandates for businesses generally closed to the public. 

On May 26, 2021, however ...

USCIS to Suspend Biometrics Requirement for Certain I-539 Applicants to Speed up Adjudications

Effective May 17, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will suspend the biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants for a two-year period beginning on May 17, 2021. The biometrics suspension will apply to the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 ...

CDC Relaxes Mask Mandate for Some but Still Defers to Workplace Policies

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance to read that individuals who are fully vaccinated can “resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws ...

DOS Provides Information on Immigrant Visa Prioritization

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services. The particular constraints vary based on local conditions and restrictions, but include local and national lockdowns; travel ...

ICE Issues Broadcast Message on Special Student Relief Employment Benefits to Syrian and Venezuelan Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted Federal Register notices announcing the suspension of certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Venezuela and Syria who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of emergent circumstances in ...

Neil Dornbaum, Chair of Connell Foleys Immigration and Global Mobility Practice Group speaks at The New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition (NJBIC) in partnership with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) & Einstein’s Alley vir

How can immigration policy promote economic recovery and growth? What is the current state of play in Washington on immigration reform? How can we revive a bipartisan consensus on immigration? These and other topics were the discussion points addressed with immigration experts, political ...

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Individuals Present in India Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services, working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, has determined that the Republic of India is experiencing widespread, ongoing person-to-person ...

Connell Foley attorneys Chair the NJICLE Immigration Conference and speak on Customs and Border Protection Panel

Each year, NJICLE’s comprehensive Immigration Conference provides an in-depth exploration of the most pressing concerns confronted by Immigration Lawyers, Employment Lawyers, Human Resource Representatives and In-House Counsel and offers effective strategies for dealing ...

Connell Foley attorneys participate in National Day of Action on Capitol Hill for Immigration Reform

Today, attorneys from Connell Foley and 707 members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from across the country participated in virtual meetings with more than 400 congressional offices as part of a national Day of Action to promote reform and rehabilitate the U.S. immigration ...

OFLC Releases Public Disclosure Data and Selected Program Statistics for Q2 of Fiscal Year 2021

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has released a comprehensive set of public disclosure data (through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021) drawn from employer applications requesting prevailing wage determinations and labor certifications for the PERM, LCA (H-1B ...

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