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USCIS Is Expected to Suspend Biometrics Collection for Some H-4, L-2 and E Spousal Employment Authorization Applicants

USCIS is soon expected to suspend the in-person biometrics requirement for H-4, L-2, and E spousal nonimmigrants seeking employment authorization documents (EADs). USCIS revealed its plans in a filing with a federal court hearing a lawsuit challenging lengthy processing delays…

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President Biden Adds India to the List of COVID-19 Public Health Travel Ban Countries

Today, President Joseph Biden issued a presidential proclamation imposing a COVID-19 public health travel ban which prohibits the entry of foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of their travel to the United States.  India joins a…

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State Department Expands Exceptions to Regional COVID Travel Bans, But Consular Challenges Remain

The State Department has updated its policy on categories of travelers eligible for national interest exceptions (NIEs) from the regional COVID-19 travel bans in effect for Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa. The NIE categories for these bans now align with those…

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USCIS Reinstates Deference to Prior Nonimmigrant Petition Adjudications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reinstated its guidance to immigration officers to defer to prior nonimmigrant petition approvals when adjudicating petition extension requests, if the facts and parties remain the same. The agency announced today that it has rescinded its…

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DHS Postpones REAL ID Deadline to May 2023

The Department of Homeland Security is giving individuals an additional 19 months to obtain state driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards that comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act, due to continued state government disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline…

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U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico Land Border Restrictions Extended Through May 21

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to implement the ban on “non-essential” travel across U.S. land borders and ferry travel with Canada and Mexico through May 21, 2021, according to a set of notifications to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register. The restrictions…

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May 2021 Visa Bulletin

According to the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, final action cutoff dates for issuance of an immigrant visa will be as follows:  EB-1: All countries, including China and India, will remain current in May.EB-2: China and India will both advance by three…

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State Department Expands Exceptions to Regional COVID Travel Bans to Include Immigrant and Fiancé(e) Travelers and Certain Exchange Visitors

On April 8, the State Department updated its policy on categories of visa applicants eligible for national interest exceptions (NIE) from the regional COVID-19 travel bans in effect for Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom…

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ICE Extends Interim COVID-19 Protections for Form I-9 Compliance Through May 31, Expands Accommodations for New Hires On or After April 1

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it is extending until May 31, 2021 its relaxed enforcement of the normal requirement to physically inspect the original documents presented by new hires during the I-9 process and thus allow eligible employers…

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H/L/J Nonimmigrant Proclamation Set to Expire, But Travel Challenges Will Remain

A Trump-era presidential proclamation suspending the entry of certain foreign nationals in the H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 categories, and their dependents, is set to expire today. The nonimmigrant proclamation had been in effect since June 24, 2020, and was initially scheduled…

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USCIS Completes FY 2022 H-1B Cap Selection Process

USCIS has announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap employment has been met and the lottery selection process has been completed. Sponsoring employers and their attorneys have been notified of the selection results and are now able…

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FY 2022 H-1B Registration Period Closes; USCIS Expected to Conduct Selection Lotteries and Notify Employers By March 31

The H-1B cap registration period has now closed. USCIS will accept no further cap registrations against the FY 2022 quota.  What’s next: the cap lotteries In the coming days, the agency will conduct two selection lotteries to choose the beneficiaries…

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USCIS Extends Existing COVID-19 Accommodations on RFEs, NOIDs, Appeals and Other Responses Through June 30, 2021

In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS is further extending its 60-day deadline extension policy for responses to various agency actions to June 30, 2021. The accommodation will continue to be available to stakeholders responding to or filing the following:  Requests for…

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April 2021 Visa Bulletin Update – USCIS

To be eligible to file an adjustment application in April, foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country. USCIS has again chosen the Final Action Dates chart for…

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FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Period Closes March 25

The FY 2022 H-1B cap registration period will close on Thursday, March 25, at 12:00pm EDT.  Employers and their immigration counsel will have until this time to draft, review, e-sign and submit their registrations to the agency. What happens after…

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U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico Land Border Restrictions Extended Through April 21

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to implement the ban on “non-essential” travel across U.S. land borders and ferry travel with Canada and Mexico through April 21, 2021, according to a set of notifications to be published in the Federal Register. The restrictions were…

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DOL Proposes Extended Delay of Regulation Increasing PERM and H-1B Wage Minimums

The Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing an extended delay in the effective date of a regulation that would raise prevailing wage rates for the H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 and the PERM programs. Under the proposal, the regulation – which is currently set to take…

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DHS Extends and Redesignates Syria for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended and redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from March 31, 2021 through September 30, 2022, according to a notice scheduled for publication in tomorrow’s Federal Register. Current Syrian TPS beneficiaries will have 60…

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April 2021 Visa Bulletin

According to the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin, final action cutoff dates for issuance of an immigrant visa will be as follows:  EB-1: China and India join all other countries and become current in April.EB-2: China will advance by just under seven…

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DHS Public Charge Rule Invalidated as Biden Administration Drops Lawsuit Appeals

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2019 public charge rule – which required petitioners and applicants for certain immigration benefits to disclose information concerning their receipt of public benefits and, for some, detailed financial information – is no longer in…

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DHS Designates Venezuela for TPS Status and Provides Instruction for Venezuelan DED-Related EADs

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from March 9, 2021 through September 9, 2022, according to a Federal Register notice. The designation will permit eligible Venezuelans to file for TPS status…

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FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Begins March 9

USCIS will begin to accept H-1B cap registrations for employment in FY 2022 on Tuesday, March 9, at 12:00pm ET. Employers and their immigration counsel will have until Thursday, March 25, at 12:00pm ET to draft, review, e-sign and submit…

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State Department Limits Exceptions to European COVID Travel Bans, Adding Further Challenges for Nonimmigrant Workers and Business Travelers

On March 2, the State Department rescinded its previous policy on categories eligible for national interest exceptions (NIE) from the regional COVID-19 travel bans in effect for the European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland (Presidential Proclamation 10143), replacing it with…

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USCIS Offers Some Accommodations to F-1 Optional Practical Training Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending certain flexibilities to F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training (OPT) who file Form I-765 work authorization applications between October 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021, inclusive. The accommodations come in response to significant delays…

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President Biden Revokes Immigrant Visa Ban, But Consular Hurdles Remain

President Biden has revoked a Trump-era presidential proclamation that suspended the entry of certain immigrants until March 31. The revocation takes effect immediately and consulates are permitted to resume processing affected immigrant visa applications. However, due to reduced consular operations worldwide and…

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