U.S. Tightens COVID-19 Testing Restrictions

U.S. Tightens COVID-19 Testing Restrictions The Biden administration announced stricter COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. Effective Monday December 6, 2021, all travelers to the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 test result received within one day of departure to the U.S. or proof of recent […]

COVID-19 Update: New Travel Restrictions for South Africa and Seven Other African Countries

COVID-19 Update: New Travel Restrictions for South Africa and Seven Other African Countries Effective today, President Biden has imposed new travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other African countries due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. These new travel restrictions mark a partial return to the geographic-based travel bans that the Biden administration previously moved […]

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. […]

Immigration Implications of Accepting Financial Assistance in the Wake of COVID-19

Immigration Implications of Accepting Financial Assistance in the Wake of COVID-19 Questions and uncertainties abound concerning the immigration implications of the federal government’s COVID-19 relief packages, such as: As a foreign national in the U.S. on an employment-based visa, will your immigration status be put in jeopardy if you work from home, lose your job, […]

Immigration Update: Additional Impacts Related to COVID-19

Immigration Update: Additional Impacts Related to COVID-19 President Trump recently announced that the U.S./Mexico border would be closed to “non-essential” traffic. Yesterday, U.S Customs and Border Protection provided guidance on the closure. Importantly, these restrictions currently only apply to land ports of entry and ferry services. Permissible essential travel includes “traveling to work in the […]

Immigration Update: U.S./Canada Border Closed to Non-Essential Travel

Immigration Update: U.S./Canada Border Closed to Non-Essential Travel On March 18, 2020, President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the U.S./Canada border would be closed to “non-essential” traffic. This announcement supersedes Canada’s earlier travel restrictions that contained an exception for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. U.S Customs and Border Protection has not yet provided […]

Immigration Update: COVID-19 UK & Ireland (E-Blast)

Immigration Update: COVID-19 UK & Ireland (E-Blast) President Trump issued a proclamation extending the European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. The restrictions on the United Kingdom and Ireland are effective March 17, 2020. As a reminder, entry is suspended for persons who have been to the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, […]

Immigration Update: COVID-19 (E-Blast)

In response to COVID-19, President Trump has issued a proclamation restricting travel to the U.S. from 26 European countries in Schengen area. The restriction is effective March 13, 2020 and is for a period of 30 days. The European travel ban does not include the United Kingdom, Ireland, and certain Eastern European countries outside the […]

New H-1 selection procedures

Gee & Zhang E-Blast: New H-1 selection procedures: The USCIS has published regulations advising that the H-1 lottery procedures for 2020 will be changed. The new procedures will require that prospective employers register the names of the prospective H-1 employees between March 1-20. This year the Gee and Zhang Immigration Seminar will be conducted on […]