Settlement Provides Best Practice for Immigration Queries During Hiring Process

By |2021-12-14T20:28:06+00:00December 14th, 2021|Citizenship, Citizenship discrimination, EAD, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas|

A recent settlement between Microsoft Corporation and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division provides guidance to companies for avoiding discrimination liability when screening candidates for immigration work authorization as part of their hiring process.

H-4, L-2 and E-2 Spouses Will Benefit from New EAD Rules

By |2021-11-16T15:51:21+00:00November 16th, 2021|E-2 Treaty Investor, EAD, H-4, H-4 EAD, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas|

Foreign national spouses in H-4, L-2 and E-2 status will now benefit from new interpretations of rules regarding employment authorization.  On November 12, 2021, USCIS issued a Policy Alert granting L-2 and E-2 spouses employment authorization incident to status and providing automatic extensions of employment authorization documents (EADs) for a small segment of H-4 spouses.

Biden Administration Updates COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By |2021-10-26T14:07:05+00:00October 26th, 2021|Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban|

Starting on November 8, 2021, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions.

November Visa Bulletin Disappoints Indian and Chinese Green Card Hopefuls

By |2021-10-14T22:02:26+00:00October 14th, 2021|Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, priority date, USCIS, Visa Bulletin|

Today’s release of the November Visa Bulletin resulted in disappointment and frustration among Indian and Chinese nationals who have been waiting in line for years for green cards.

Register now for the Diversity Lottery! 

By |2021-10-07T22:07:39+00:00October 7th, 2021|Diversity Lottery, Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations|

Register now for the Diversity Lottery! The annual Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery for FY 2023 opened October 6, 2021. Registration closes on November 9, 2021, at noon ET.

Revised COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Announced

By |2021-09-21T19:12:06+00:00September 21st, 2021|Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

On September 20, 2021, the White House announced that it will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans. New vaccination-based requirements for international visitors to the U.S. will be implemented in early November 2021.

USCIS Suspends Collection of Biometrics for H-4 and L-2 Applications

By |2021-05-06T15:22:05+00:00May 6th, 2021|E-1 Treaty Trader, E-2 Treaty Investor, E-3, EAD, H-1B, I-129, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS|

On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced its intention to suspend the collection of biometrics for applications submitted by the dependents of nonimmigrant workers in the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories effective 5/17/21. 

Nonimmigrant Business Work Visa Processing Resumes

By |2021-04-01T19:25:51+00:00April 1st, 2021|H-1B, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban|

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspended the entry of certain nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.  Visa issuance may resume for applicants in H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visa categories. The expiration of this Presidential Proclamation marks the end of the bans on visa issuance for both immigrant (green cards) visas and nonimmigrant (temporary) visas.

Latest Update on U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions. Biden Shuffles the Criteria for Visa Issuance National Interest Exceptions

By |2021-03-04T19:48:48+00:00March 4th, 2021|E-3, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Premium Processing, Wage Requirements|

Good news for travelers from Europe's Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland. On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, President Biden carved out an exception to COVID-19 travel restrictions for those whose work supports “critical infrastructure.”

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