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.

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.”

Great News for Australian Professionals! 

By |2021-02-25T13:19:31+00:00February 24th, 2021|E-3, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Premium Processing, Wage Requirements|

Speedy E-3 adjudications now available through premium processing. Starting Feb. 24, 2021, employers filing to requesting E-3 Professional status for a new employee or an extension of E-3 status for an existing employee will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition.

USCIS Rolls Out 2021 H-1B Pre-Registration Program

By |2021-02-08T21:39:21+00:00February 8th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

USCIS is now rolling out its H-1B Pre-Registration program for the 2021 lottery. USCIS will open registration during a 16-day period from Tuesday, March 9th until Thursday, March 25.

USCIS abandons Wage Ranking for H-1B visa selection – Reverts to Luck !

By |2021-02-08T21:27:12+00:00February 4th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

It’s official: Luck rules! The 2021 H-1B Visa Selection process will be random. USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services will use the same innovative Pre-Registration procedure that was launched last year. E&M Mayock’s Pre-Registration Program includes a full consultation, wage analysis, LCA Labor Condition Application filing with the Dept of Labor and Pre-Registration filing with USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services.