Travel to the U.K. Will Soon Require an Online Permit and Fee
A new Electronic Travel Authorization system is slated to go into effect by 2024 for all international travelers arriving in the United Kingdom.
USCIS to expand use of premium processing.
Immigration Attorney from JCL Immigration Presented: Immigration Options for Caregivers, Nurses, and Others December 8, 2022
COVID-19 Vaccine: Client Practice Advisory provided by AILA, American Immigration Lawyers Association.
DOS Provides Updates on Worldwide Visa Operations: They are trying but there is a log of backlog to catch up. Plan ahead for any international trips that require a visa appointment.
Immigrants Strengthen U.S. Economy
Labor Market Series | American Immigration Council
Latest: USCIS clarifies Covid related relief will not be considered “public charges inadmissibility”
Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens by U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
USCIS Extends Validity of Eligible EAD for One Additional Year. USCIS has just announced that effective on May 4, 2022, EADs that are eligible for the automatic 180 days extension (Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension | USCIS) will receive an additional 360 days of automatic extension. The total automatic extension will reach up to 540 days. (See: USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants | USCIS). USCIS is increasing the automatic extension period to allow them to reduce their backlog. This is most welcome news because people’s work and livelihood is affected by the delay in EAD processing. We applaud USCIS’ flexibility and action on this issue.
May Visa Bulletin is Out. EB-5 category reinstated.
USCIS Announces Goals for Faster Processing, adding certain I-140, I-539, and I-765 to applications eligible for premium processing.
New I-94 Designation Makes it Easier for E-1, E-2, E-3, and L-2 Spouses to Demonstrate Work Authorization.
USCIS Updates Policy Manual to Shows E and L Spouses Can Work in the US.
Congress to Reauthorize EB-5 Investor Green Card Program for Regional Centers through 2027.
USCIS Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.
US urges US citizens to leave Russia immediately.
USCIS announces FY2023 H-1B Cap Registration.
STEM fields given priority for immigration by Biden Administration.
Some visa applicants may not need interviews.
Protect your green card. Don’t make these mistakes and risk your green cards.
Updated Covid testing requirements – must be within 24 hours of boarding flights coming to the US, regardless of vaccination status and citizenships (including US citizens)
USCIS temporarily waive “60 days” rules of medical examination validity period prior to submission.
December 2021 Visa Bulletin shows that EB-5 direct investment is “current” for all countries, including investors born in mainland China – first time in many years. Investors in “regional centers” category remain “unavailable” as the law authorizing the regional center program has not been renewed by Congress. This significant movement may prompt a more serious consideration in the EB-5 direct investment process. However, the process is still high-risked, and it requires carefully planning (and always some luck) to succeed. Feel free to contact us for further consultation. See December 2021 Visa Bulletin.
Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements for Entry into the United States.
Fully Vaccinated foreigners may start entering the U.S. on November 8, 2021.
DV-2023 (Green Card Lottery) to begin registration on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
US to drop Covid Ban, but require vaccination and negative Covid test.
USCIS provided data from the FY2022 H-1B cap registration process, reporting that it received 308,613 H-1B registrations during the initial registration period and selected 87,500 registrations.
DOS extends validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India