Updates

Visa Numbers Exhausted for EB-1, EB-2 & October 2022 Retrogression

Visa Numbers Exhausted for EB-1, EB-2 & October 2022 Retrogression As part of the ongoing lawsuit Pritish Madhavan v. Ur Jaddou, the government recently disclosed important information about employment-based green card visa numbers. The government revealed visa numbers for EB-1 and EB-2 have been completely used for this fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. It also […]

The United States designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status

The United States designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status On 03/03/2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Ukraine was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, due to the ongoing armed conflict preventing safe return to the country. To be eligible for TPS under the Ukraine designation, individuals must have continuously […]

EAD & Advance Parole Card Changes

EAD & Advance Parole Card Changes   USCIS recently indicated a significant change in policy regarding issuance of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Advance Parole for green card applicants. “Combination cards” have been issued for many years as part of the green card process and serve as proof of both employment and travel authorization during […]

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 […]

Spouses of H-1B and L-1 Workers Benefit from Lawsuit Settlement Regarding Work Authorization Rules

Spouses of H-1B and L-1 Workers Benefit from Lawsuit Settlement Regarding Work Authorization Rules Certain spouses of high-skilled H-1B and L-1 workers have been negatively impacted by extended USCIS delays in processing Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications. Because of these delays, many spouses have been forced to stop working while waiting for USCIS to approve […]

New U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Effective November 8, 2021

New U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Effective November 8, 2021   For several weeks, the Biden Administration has signaled it will replace the Trump-era geographic based travel restrictions with vaccination and testing requirements.   On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued a new Presidential Proclamation formalizing these indications for air travelers. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Opportunities to streamline Immigration processing

Opportunities to streamline Immigration processing Biden’s Philosophy The new era ushered in by the Biden administration brings with it encouraging signs that the government, including USCIS, is starting to emphasize operational efficiency in its policies and practices, focusing on building a fair and accessible system of legal immigration. For example, in his first 100 days […]

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 […]