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 […]

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 […]

Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As a U.S. Permanent Resident, you do not need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. However, due to a recent change in the Canadian Laws pertaining to entry requirements, you are expected to have an eTA if you plan to fly to or transit through Canada. The new requirements were introduced in March 2016 […]

Meet Emma, the USCIS Virtual Assistant

Hello, Emma. While it is not Siri or Watson, USCIS has unveiled an attempt at modernization named “Emma.” Emma is a virtual assistant that allows customers to quickly find information about the immigration process on the USCIS website. Simply type a question and you will receive an answer in plain English and be directed to […]

News Update: Government Reopening

Updates on the Government Reopening U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Effective this morning, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (“OFLC”) began to accept and process Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), Applications for Prevailing Wage Determination, Applications for Temporary Employment Certification, and Applications for Permanent Employment Certification. OFLC’s web site, including the iCERT Visa Portal System, has […]

News Update: Impact of the Government Shutdown on Immigration

The U.S Government is on a partial shutdown… The U.S. government is on a partial shutdown, affecting many services including immigration law enforcement and benefit adjudications provided by different government agencies. Here is a summary of the effect of the shutdown on various employment-related immigration services. U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) DOL’s Office of Foreign […]