Updates

Residency Requirements for Naturalization

What are the residency requirements for naturalization? In order to meet the residency requirement for naturalization, an applicant must maintain documents to show that the U.S. is his “principal, actual dwelling place.” Specifically, an individual must show that he or she has “resided continuously, after being lawfully admitted for permanent residence, within the United States […]

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 […]

Fighting the Government’s Immigration Rules and Decisions in Court: Effective or a Waste of Funds?

Fighting the Government’s Immigration Rules and Decisions in Court: Effective or a Waste of Funds? If your foreign employees have been negatively affected by some of the government’s immigration rules and policies, or if an adverse decision was made regarding a petition you filed on behalf of one of your employees, you may wonder if […]

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 […]

Update: ICE Rescinds Online Education Policy in Win for Colleges & Int’l Students

Update: ICE Rescinds Online Education Policy in Win for Colleges & Int’l Students Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will rescind its recent policy requiring international students to depart the U.S. if all of their classes are taught online. The rescission resolves a lawsuit filed […]

International Students Must Depart if College Goes Fully Online

As universities around the country announce their plans for the fall in light of COVID-19, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced its rules governing student visas for the upcoming semester. ICE is eliminating the exemption that it made for students taking online classes in the spring and summer semesters. The new rule, applicable this […]