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

Immigration

Updates from the DOS and USCIS + Updated Guidance for Form I-9

DOS Update The Department of State (DOS) has extended the validity of National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for travelers subject to restrictions under Presidential Proclamations banning entry into the U.S. due to presence in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India and the Schengen area. Existing NIEs and newly-issued NIEs will be valid

Department of StateH-1BImmigration

Department of State Update

As U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa issuance bans imposed by the Trump administration have lapsed and U.S. consulates abroad have restarted routine visa appointments, most applicants for popular work visas, such as H-1B and L-1, and their U.S. employers do not realize that the current visa backlog includes nearly half a million applicants who meet

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H-1B Cap Lottery, Expiration of PP 10052 + DOS Update

USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Cap Lottery U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they have received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap), and that they have now notified all prospective petitioners with

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

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

Effective March 13, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry into the United States for immigrants and nonimmigrants who were physically present in certain European countries during the 14-day period prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States. Affected countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,

Department of State

Department of State Update

Importantly, effective November 3, 2019, Department of State (DOS) offices abroad were going to start implementing the new health insurance requirement for permanent immigration (Green Card) applicants undergoing Consular Processing at U.S. consulates.  Under this new adjudication criteria, a U.S. consular officer would be able to deny an immigrant visa benefit to an individual without

Department of State

Department of State Update

Entering the first month of the 2020 government fiscal year has brought an influx of immigrant visa numbers. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has also advised that the agency will be using the Dates for Filing chart (Chart B) to file employment-based preference cases during October, which generally has more favorable priority dates

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The July visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam remains at April 22, 2018. EB-1 China advances 2 weeks to May 8, 2017, while EB-1 India has no progress and holds at January 1, 2015. DOS expects EB-1 India to

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The June visa bulletin reflects minimal movement from the prior month in several preference classifications and a significant retrogression for EB-1 India. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability Areas: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam advance 7 weeks to a cut-off date of April 22, 2018. EB-1 China has no movement and remains at February