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RFE Response Delay

March 30, 2020

New policy guidelines for RFE/NOID etc. response. If received after March 1, 2020, 60 days added on. USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are…

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The State of North Carolina’s new “Stay at Home” Order Business Considerations in the times of CoVID-19

March 30, 2020

The Order is similar to many of the restrictions that are currently in place in Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte. As per the terms of the new statewide Order, in the event that the provisions of the County Stay at Home order are more restrictive than the statewide order, then those more restrictive…

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Update: Governor of the State of North Carolina

March 28, 2020

Today the Governor of the State of North Carolina announced that effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM all individuals in the State are subject to a new statewide Stay at Home Order. The Stay at Home Order will remain in effect for 30 days, or until April 29, 2020. Stay home, stay healthy…

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The CARES Act – Which businesses will qualify for a Small Business Administration Loan?

March 27, 2020

The CARES Act has officially passed in the Senate and a vote is expected in the House on Friday, March 27th. If the Bill is signed into law as expected, $350 billion will be dedicated to preventing layoffs and business closures while workers stay home during the outbreak. Companies with 500 employees or fewer that…

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COVID-19 “CARES Act” bipartisan stimulus package being finalized in Congress will help small businesses

March 26, 2020

In the early morning on March 25, 2020, the White House and Senate finally reached an agreement on a $2 trillion package to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though a deal has been struck on the key points of the Bill, many details are still being finalized. However, a…

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Immigration and Related Matters

March 25, 2020

USCIS has suspended its operations until at least April 1st – including premium processing of all I-129 and I-140 petitions. Scheduled appointments and interviews are postponed and notice from USCIS should be received confirming postponement. Similarly, the U.S. State Department (DOS) has suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application appointments at all consular posts. DOS has…

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Social Distancing

March 24, 2020

We actively practice it. As of right now, everyone at BridgehouseLaw Charlotte is working from home. Each morning, we have a Zoom meeting, where we check on everyone’s health and wellbeing, we discuss the day ahead. Throughout the day, we are in contact with each other to ensure best quality of service to all our…

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REMINDER – Annual Reports must be filed!

March 20, 2020

In addition to our updates on new legislation and regulations coming out, we wanted to remind you that Annual Report filing requirements are still in effect for each of the states. The filing deadline for Georgia is April 1, 2020 and North Carolina is April 15, 2020. Delaware’s deadline for corporations was March 15, 2020…

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Summary of the Defense Production Act of 1950

March 19, 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”) in an effort to mobilize U.S. domestic production of medical and other supplies as the U.S. begins to move against COVID-19. Traditionally, a “war time” measure, the DPA gives a president broad authority to influence and direct private entities to produce…

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3 Key Points for Employers re: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 17, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the bill that was drafted in coordination with the Executive branch and is currently before the U.S. Senate for final approval. Here are 3 Key Takeaways about proposed revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for Employers: 1. FMLA has been amended to provide coverage to…

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