U.S. Immigration Alerts

USCIS sends reminder of options for laid-off nonimmigrant workers

  • The USCIS recently posted a reminder of the guidance it has placed on its website for laid-off international workers.
  • Many laid-off workers do not realize that there are more options than simply departing the US after sixty (60) days including filing for a change of nonimmigrant status or an adjustment of status. The foreign national can also apply for a ‘compelling circumstances’ employment authorization document or be the beneficiary of a nonfrivolous petition to change employers.
  • The web page also provides guidance on portability of employer petitions, what constitutes ‘compelling circumstances,’ and expedite criteria, among other topics.
  • The USCIS webpage can be accessed at: Options for Nonimmigrant Workers Following Termination of Employment | USCIS

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