Bloomberg Law
April 3, 2020, 4:41 PMUpdated: April 3, 2020, 5:39 PM

Immigration Lawyers Sue to Freeze Visa Deadlines in Pandemic (1)

Genevieve Douglas
Genevieve Douglas

Immigration attorneys are demanding that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services suspend visa deadlines for foreign nationals in the U.S. in response to the growing Covid-19 pandemic.

The agencies’ conduct has “effectively ended the ability of immigration attorneys to competently represent clients without violating state and local orders and jeopardizing the safety and health of themselves, their staff and their clients,” the American Immigration Lawyers Association said in a lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Immigration attorney organizations have been increasingly vocal that requirements surrounding visa petitions, employment ...

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