USCIS Not Offering Flexibility for Non-Immigrants During Pandemic

During this unique time period, many nonimmigrants are seeking to either extend or change their status before their current status expires. Due to either closures of USCIS offices or disruptions in everyday life, many nonimmigrants are hoping for flexibility from USCIS. Last week, USCIS issued a statement providing little to no flexibility.

Although the Department of Homeland Security recognize that there are immigration related challenges due to Covid-19, nonimmigrants must depart the United States before their authorized period of admission expire. To remain in the U.S, nonimmigrants must file for a change of status or extension of status.  USCIS is not giving a special leniency period for those affected during this period of time. Those who do not file for an extension or change of status before their status expires can file for late application. However, late applications are usually only accepted under extraordinary circumstances, a very strict standard based on evidentiary proof.
Nonimmigrants, typically under H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN status, need to be sure that they are sponsored for a timely extension. Here at Zhang and Associates, we have successfully represented thousands of non-immigrant and immigrant visas cases. We also understand that during this hectic time, your immigration needs are extremely important. If your needs are neglected, there can be very serious consequences that might disrupt your life. Here at Zhang & Associates, we try to keep you informed and ready. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any immigration related issue, our seasoned staff will be happy to help. For a free evaluation on your case or situation, please email us at

Former U.S. Consular officer, Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He will use his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients worldwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled over ten thousand immigration cases.

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., our attorneys and supporting professionals are committed to providing high-quality immigration and non-immigration visa services. We specialize in NIW, EB-1, EB-5, PERM, I-485 I-130, H-1B, O, L and J cases. In the past twenty-two years, we have successfully helped over ten thousand clients get green cards. If you plan to apply for a green card, please send your CV to Attorney Jerry Zhang ( for a free evaluation.

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