COVID-19

Vaccine Requirement, Non-Essential Travel + Visa Application Procedure Updates

The Department of State Releases Changes to Vaccine Requirements for Immigrant, Nonimmigrant, and K Fiancé(e) Visa Applicants Effective October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) instructions for panel physicians requires all immigrant visa, K visa applicants, and nonimmigrant visa applicants who are referred to the panel physicians to receive a full

Department of Homeland Security

Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Travel and Immigration Medical Exams

U.S. to Rescind Travel Bans for China, Iran, the Schengen Area, U.K., Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India The U.S. plans to lift air travel restrictions for foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated, targeting early November 2021 for foreign travel to resume for the first time in over a year. Since early in the COVID-pandemic,

COVID-19Department of Homeland Security

Immigration Insights – DHS Update

Department of Homeland Security Update – This update reflects some of the best news from DHS as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it may reopen and/or reconsider its denial decisions of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, proceedings that were based on three recently rescinded policy memos. USCIS is expected to use

COVID-19Immigration Service Reminders

What Do I Do If…?

With the challenging times for nearly everybody, uncertainty for immigrants is easily at its highest.  This brief guidance is not intended as exhaustive legal advice; rather, it is a starting point for a few “what if” situations you or your sponsored workers may encounter.  Please remember that specific factual situations require case-by-case analysis to ensure

COVID-19H-1B

H-1B Registration To Open Soon for FY2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions The beginning of the new cap-H-1B petition filing season with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is upon us. USCIS will once again be using the H-1B registration process implemented last year to select the H-1B petitions. Instead of the prior process requiring preparation

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security Update

USCIS Reopened Selection of Registrations for H-1B: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reopened selection of registrations for the FY2021 H-1B Cap. The initial selection occurred in March of this year and all selected H-1B petitions were supposed to be filed in June 2020. However, there were indications that, most likely, due to

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

Immigration Update: I-485 Applications

Recent reports have indicated that I-485 applications may be placed on hold due to President Trump’s April 2020 Presidential Proclamation. On June 12, 2020 a reporter stated that USCIS claims the basis of “the hold on processing green card applications from current U.S. residents stems from the temporary suspension of in-person services during the COVID-19

COVID-19

Travel Update

As U.S. states are reopening and many are back to business, many U.S. and foreign nationals are starting to plan business and leisure travel abroad.  Importantly, however, the U.S. travel ban put in place via presidential proclamation in March 2020, still is in effect and prohibits entry into the U.S. of all foreign nationals who

Department of Homeland Security

DHS & Legislative Update

DHS Update In response to the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended certain immigration filing deadlines.  This pertains specifically to petitioners’ and applicants’ responses to USCIS’s requests for evidence(RFEs), notices of intent to deny or revoke, appeal notices, and a few other responsive proceedings.  If the issuance date listed on the

COVID-19Emergency Immigration Alert

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonimmigrant Status Management at Times of COVID-19 Lay-Offs and Satisfactory Departure •  Individuals on employment-based work visas (H-1Bs, TNs, E-1s, E-2s, E-3s, O-1s, L-1s) who are suddenly laid off due to the impact of COVID-19 can still afford themselves a one-time 60 day grace period to change status to another employer-sponsored visa or apply for