Breaking: U.S. Adds India to COVID-19 Travel Ban

Breaking: U.S. Adds India to COVID-19 Travel Ban   In breaking news, the White House stated that India will be added to the list of countries subject to the U.S. COVID-19 travel ban as of May 4, 2021. This announcement comes as India is experiencing a record surge in COVID-19 cases.   While official details […]

Expiration of H/L/J Travel Ban & Continued Visa Obstacles

Expiration of H/L/J Travel Ban & Continued Visa Obstacles The Trump era “H/L/J” travel ban that was most recently extended through March 31, 2021 expired last night at midnight. This positive development means that there are no longer any nonimmigrant visa category-based U.S. travel bans in effect. Now, individuals seeking H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visas […]

Biden Administration Extends U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Biden Administration Extends U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order effectively extending the country-specific COVID-19 travel restrictions that apply to the UK, Ireland, Schengen area, and Brazil. This new version of the COVID-19 travel ban also adds South Africa. These changes are effective January 26, 2021. The separate […]

New U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

New U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order requiring airline passengers intending to arrive in the United States, including U.S. citizens and LPRs, to provide documentation that they do not have COVID-19. This order will be effective beginning January 26, 2021.   Specifically, the […]

Courts Support Employers/Employees in Immigration Battle

Courts Support Employers/Employees in Immigration Battle A pair of recent federal court decisions provides an optimistic outlook for the future of employment-based immigration. First, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has invalidated new policies rushed through by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) that restricted employment-based immigration. […]

DOS Update on National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans

DOS Update on National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans   H/L Travel Ban   The Department of State (DOS) provided further guidance as to which visa applicants may be considered for a national interest exception under Executive Order 10052. Pursuant to this executive order, the DOS currently prohibits the issuance of new visa stamps to […]

Immigration Updates

Gee & Zhang LLP anticipates numerous and significant immigration developments over the coming months as the government continues to push through new immigration policies and deal with COVID-19 and the U.S. economic recovery. Given the rapid and increasing number of immigration changes, we have consolidated summaries of recent key items of interest to your business […]

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Brazil (E-Blast)

Immigration Update: COVID-19 Brazil (E-Blast) President Trump issued a proclamation extending the COVID-19 travel ban to include Brazil. The original effective date of May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. has been moved up and the travel ban is now in effect. The ban applies to persons in Brazil or who have traveled to Brazil during the 14 […]

Immigration Update: I-9 Updates

I-9 Updates A New Version of Form I-9 was released on October 21, 2019 and is now mandatory. USCIS also announced a temporary COVID-19 policy allowing employees to provide List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. Such documents will be treated as valid temporarily and the employee must provide a valid unexpired document with 90 […]

COVID-19 & Employer Obligations

COVID-19 & Employer Obligations The H-1B is one of only a few visa classifications, along with the E-3 and H-1B1, that require the filing of a Labor Condition Application (LCA) as part of the visa approval process. The LCA is submitted to the Department of Labor (DOL) and requires the employer to make certain attestations […]