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Lift on Travel Bans + USCIS Update

Effective November 8th, Travel Bans are Lifted and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements Take Effect President Biden has issued a proclamation rescinding the country-by-country travel restrictions previously applied during the COVID-19 pandemic which banned foreign nationals from entering the U.S. if they had been present in any of the following countries within 14 days: China, Iran, the

Emergency Immigration Alert

New Presidential Proclamation on Immigration

Per the recently announced presidential proclamation, the U.S. immigration policies are being further altered to (1) continue the immigration restrictions of the April 2020 proclamation through December 31, 2020 and (2) to add further restrictions on foreign nationals’ entry into the U.S. through the end of calendar year 2020. While the April proclamation affects foreign

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Irina Plumlee Discusses Impact of Travel Ban on U.S. Business with Law360

Law360 included comments from Shareholder Irina Plumlee in an article discussing the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to Trump v. Hawaii on U.S. business. Plumlee told the publication that advising against travel, even in the case of green card holders, “isn’t going too far at all.” She also noted that foreign nationals often

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum changing certain rules governing F-1, J-1, and M status students attending U.S. colleges and universities and vocational training programs. As of August 8, 2018, students that fail to properly maintain their status in the U.S. will start accumulating unlawful presence in this country

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Travel Update

CBP has stepped up scrutiny of foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a visa or without a visa under the U.S. Electronic Systems for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. Travelers should be prepared for more extensive questioning if a CBP inspector decides that they had not been properly and sufficiently vetted prior to travel.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Migration Drops At U.S. Southwest Border

CBP recently released statistical data regarding the migration at the U.S. Southwest border. The data suggests a drastic decline in traffic, evidenced by a significant (i.e., nearly 40 percent) decline in arrests. The number of border apprehensions from January to February usually increases by approximately 10 to 20 percent, thus making the current decrease highly