Department of State Addresses Exemptions for Entry Ban
On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued two statements addressing exemptions to the Trump Administration's recent proclamations that restrict immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the U.S.
European Schengen Area, U.K., and Ireland Entry Bans
The Trump Administration placed an entry ban on travelers from...
USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020
On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The final rule is effective October 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date is required to include payment that matches the adjusted ...
USCIS Responds to Federal Court Injunction on Public Charge Rule
On July 29, 2020, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the “public charge rule” enforced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USC...
The Department of State Releases Their Visa Bulletin For October 2020
As a result of COVID-19 and the closings of U.S. embassies and USCIS for long periods of time, the USCIS and DOS approved far fewer permanent residence applications (“Green Cards”) in FY2020. As a result, the start of the new fiscal year, FY2021, has heralded a unique window of opportunity for many clients to file an adjustment o...
Premium Processing Breaking News
On September 30, 2020 the President signed H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act, part of which seeks to address USCIS’s budget shortfall. Part of the act addresses Premium Processing fees. Note that while the law takes effect immediately, the increased fees and expanded availability of premiu...
Diversity Visa Lottery Registration for FY 2022
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) will begin accepting online registrations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Diversity Visa lottery beginning on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon Eastern and ending on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at noon Eastern.
The Diversity Visa lottery program for FY 2022 will make up to 55,000 green card numbers...