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Tag Archives: visa

Options for Afghans to Immigrate to the United States

Afghans who seek to enter the United States can do so through various immigrant visas or other procedures: The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program allows Afghans who work or worked “by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan,” as well as family members, to qualify for visas and lawful permanent resident status in […]

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 Finalizes Changes to “Public Charge” Rule – USCIS FACT SHEET

Here is the USCIS web page on the “public charge” issue. ALERT: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. The final rule will apply only to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Administration Increases Quota for H-2B Seasonal Workers used at Trump Properties

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced on May 25, 2018, that the federal government will add 15,000 H-2B seasonal worker visas for fiscal year 2018. She determined there is a shortage of qualified, U.S. workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to fulfil the needs of U.S. businesses in FY 2018. This is […]

The Illusory Entrepreneur Parole Program is No More

May 25, 2018 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing a rule to end a program that allows certain foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for parole to temporarily come to the United States to develop and build start-up businesses here, known as the International Entrepreneur Rule (IE Final Rule). An advance copy of the proposed rule is […]

The State Department Wants to View Your Social Media

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has requested the Office of Management and Budget to approve a revision of the visa application forms, adding several new questions. A visa applicant to list all of the social media platforms he or she used during the preceding five years. DOS said it will collect this information from […]

Giving Away With One Hand, Taking Away With the Other, International Entrepreneur Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 14, 2017, that it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in accordance with a recent court decision. USCIS noted that while the agency implements the IER, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also “proceed with issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking […]

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