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Tag Archives: employment-based immigration

Biden Administration Plans to Rescind COVID-19 Travel Bans and Instead Required Proof of Vaccination from International Travelers

The White House announced that it is plans to ease travel restrictions on all international travelers coming into the United States beginning in early November 2021. The White House will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans implemented for individuals from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, U.K., Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India and […]

The Fall of Afghanistan: Visa Options for Those Who Can Depart *

The most recent fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban is both stunning in speed and devastating for the tens of thousands who supported the U.S. mission over the last two decades. In a span of just 10 days, Afghans saw their hopes and dreams crumble. With many people stuck at the airport and others sheltering […]

USCIS Explains New Delay in Issuing Physical Green Cards

On July 21, 2020, the USCIS Ombudsman issued a letter explaining why permanent residents will experience delay in receiving their physical Permanent Resident Cards (green cards). A green card is evidence of permanent residence, not the actual status. The letter is reproduced in full below. Dear Stakeholder: In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

UPDATE – Trump Proclamations Halting or Delaying Immigration

July 22, 2020 On July 22, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) further explained the “national interest” exceptions to the current policy of nonissuance of H-1B, L-1, J and Immigrant Visas: For H-1Bs, exceptions are available in these situations: For travel as a public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the […]

USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4th

USCIS announced that, as of June 4th, 2020, it will reopen and resume nonemergency public services. On March 18, USCIS had temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centersto help slow the spread of COVID-19. The USCIS website lists full information about the resumption of interviews, naturalization oath ceremonies and biometrics […]

USCIS Will No Longer Premium Process H-4s and L-2s filed with H-1B and L-1 Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that USCIS will no longer continue its “courtesy practice” of providing premium processing service to H-4 and L-2 applications (Form I-539) filed concurrently with H-1B and L-1 petitions (Form I-129). Rather, USCIS will separate an I-539 application from the I-129 petition and follow the regular I-539 processing time, […]

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

March 12, 2019 USCIS announced today that it  is resuming premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you may include your RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a […]

DHS Plans to End Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed amending its rule permitting employment authorization for H‑4 dependent spouses. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues H‑4 visas to the spouses and minor children of H‑1B visa holders. Currently, an H‑4 dependent spouse is permitted to receive an employment authorization under certain conditions, specifically if the H‑1B visa holder is […]

Update: New Rule for H-1B Visas Goes into Effect

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule, amending the process for selecting foreign nationals to receive cap-subject H-1B visas. The H-1B visa program allows companies to hire, for a three-year term (renewable once), foreign workers who have a bachelor degree or higher and have highly specialized knowledge in specialty occupations such as […]

Update on Premium Processing for 2018/19 H-1B Cap Petitions

UPDATE – August 28, 2018 USCIS announced is extending the previously-announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap‐subject H‐1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H‐1B petitions. USCIS expects these suspensions to last until February 19, 2019. The expanded temporary suspension applies to all H‐1B petitions […]

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