One-Day COVID Test Required for All International Travel
In response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, beginning December 6th, the Biden Administration will require all inbound international airline passengers ages 2 and older to submit a negative COVID test taken within 1 calendar day of travel in order to board their flight. This will apply regardless of citizenship or vaccination stat...
USCIS to Ease Work Authorization Process for Certain L-2 and H-4 Spouses
As a result of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that challenged the lengthy processing delays of H-4 and L-2 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications (Shergill et al v. Mayorkas), USCIS has agreed to change its policies regarding these H-4 and L-2 EAD applications, including the following:
Certain H-4 noni...
Regional Travel Bans Rescinded Effective November 8, 2021
On October 25, 2021, the White House issued a that will be effective November 8, 2021 that rescinds the current regional COVID-19 travel bans and imposes a COVID-19 vaccination requirement on nonimmigrants traveling by air from any country to the U.S.
The new vaccination requirements will apply to nonimmigrant air travel from an...
On Oct. 4, 2021,United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its EB-5 website and issued an alert regarding the current lapse of the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center Program has been lapsed since June 30, 2021, when Congress did not timely reauthorize it. USCIS confirmed on its website...
USCIS Extends Existing COVID-19 Accommodations
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is further extending its 60 day deadline extension policy for responses to various agency actions to January 15, 2022 in its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The accommodation will continue to be available for responding to or filing:
Requests for E...
White House to Replace Regional COVID Travel Bans with Vaccination Requirement
The White House announced on September 20, 2021 that a new policy will be replacing the regional COVID travel bans that are currently in place. Expected to start in November 2021, the new policy will require all foreign nationals to show proof of full COVID vaccination in order to board a flight to the U.S. This requirement will ...
USCIS Further Extends Existing COVID-19 Accommodations on RFEs, NOIDs, Appeals, and Other Responses
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is further extending its 60-day deadline extension policy for responses to various agency actions to September 30, 2021. This accommodation will continue to be available for the following:
Requests for Evidence (RFEs)
Notices of Intent to Deny (NO...
The Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin For July 2021
The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2021 Visa Bulletin.
EB-1-Worldwide: Priority dates are current
EB-2-Worldwide: Priority dates are current, except:
China: Priority date of December 1, 2017
EB-5 Regional Center Program Set to Expire
The EB-5 Regional Center Program is set to expire on June 30, 2021 unless reauthorized by Congress. In the past, the program was typically reauthorized in one-year increments. However, earlier this year, after the last program expiration, Congress took the unusual step of making a six-month extension. What this means is that the prog...
USCIS Revises Policies to Reduce Administrative Barriers
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a set of effective immediately that are designed to reduce administrative barriers to those seeking immigration benefits.
The policy revision guidance reinstates a 2013 policy in which officers are instructed to issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) or Noti...