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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM WILLIAMS GLOBAL LAW

As everyone now knows, this is an unprecedented time for the world at large, due to the global coronavirus outbreak. We would like to start off this newsletter by wishing our clients, friends, colleagues and our families, good health and safety as we face these challenging times. Rest assured, we, at Williams Global Law, will continue to bring the highest level of service during this time. We are operating normally and are not at this time experiencing disruptions. We are fully equipped to operate via telecommuting and are in constant mutual communication via email, messaging apps, file sharing apps, etc. Our office is fully digitalized and also operates on a “virtual/digital” basis. P

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND IMPACT ON IMMIGRATION

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, governments in many jurisdictions have implemented a range of temporary immigration-related measures in order to contain the spread of the virus. The following are some measures that have impacted global immigration: As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public and therefore USCIS is still accepting applications and petitions.

SIMONE WILLIAMS TO APPEAR THIS SUNDAY ON ABC CHANNEL 7 TO DISCUSS LATEST IMMIGRATION ISSUES

Managing Attorney, Simone Williams, will appear on program, “Diplomacy and Business with Ambassador Audrey Marks” this Sunday, March 22 at 1 pm on ABC Channel 7, which is broadcast locally in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virigina area. We will be posting links to the program on our website, Linkedin and Facebook page. Ms. Williams discusses her journey as an attorney entrepreneur, the prevalent immigration issues affecting our nation and the United States, immigration investment and business immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs and businesses. We hope you will tune in!

DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO IMPLEMENT PUBLIC CHARGE RULE

After a Supreme Court ruling issued on February 21, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") plans to implement the public charge rule nationwide. The USCIS will only apply the final rule to applications and petitions submitted on or after February 24, 2020. On the same date, the Department of State ("DOS") will also implement public charge requirements for overseas applications, including the new DS-5540, DOS Public Charge Questionnaire. The Public Charge Rule, issued in August of 2019 prescribes how the Department of Homeland Security will determine whether a person is inadmissible to the United States based on a “likelihood of becoming a public charge at any time in t

SIMONE WILLIAMS SPEAKS AT IMMIGRATION FORUM AT THE  EMBASSY OF JAMAICA

Recently, Simone Williams spoke at the Embassy of Jamaica on the shifting immigration environment in the U.S. The event was part of the launch of program, “Immigration Empowerment – Promoting awareness and reducing vulnerabilities” hosted by Ambassador Audrey Marks. The launch is part of a broader program of activities that will run from March until August and will involve events in cities including Florida, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Maryland and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.

OUTCOME FROM USCIS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TELECONFERENCE CALL REGARDING EB-5 PROGRAM

On March 13, 2020, the USCIS invited stakeholders to a Public Engagement teleconference call to discuss updates on the EB-5 program, including the new operational approach involving the visa allocation process. USCIS' new operational approach affects the processing of immigrant petitions of foreign investors, known as "EB-5 immigrant visas". Once approved for an investment visa, investors and their families are free to live and work in America for two years as temporary residents, and then petition the U.S. government for the Legal Permanent Resident (“LPR”) status. After five years combined in temporary and LPR status, they become eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. The new approac

USCIS UPDATES KEY REQUIREMENT ON AN IMMIGRANT'S PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

One of the essential requirements to obtain U.S. citizenship through naturalization is that immigrants demonstrate continuous residence and physical presence in the United States for a required period of time before submitting the application. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") issued a policy alert in the agency's Policy Manual that addresses the effect of breaks in the continuity of residence on eligibility for naturalization. The law stipulates that applicants must have maintained a residence in the US uninterruptedly for at least five years prior to applying for citizenship, after their permanent resident admission.

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