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 […]

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 […]