New Travel Restrictions Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

**UPDATE** On April 30, President Biden issued a proclamation suspending entry into the U.S. of certain nonimmigrants who were physically present in India during the 14-day period immediately preceding their attempted entry. This proclamation takes effect on May 4. On the same day, the U.S. Department of State made a national interest determination regarding categories Read More »

COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Most Green Card Applicants Starting October 1

Starting on October 1, 2021, most permanent residence (green card) applicants will be required to show proof of having received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations to be eligible to receive permanent residence, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC added COVID-19 to the list of vaccines already required for green Read More »

New Proclamation Suspending Certain H-1B (and other) Entries

**UPDATE** On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014 (issued in April 2020), which suspend entry of certain immigrant  visa applicants. HOWEVER, please note that Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspended the entry of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants through March 31, 2021, is still in effect.   **UPDATE** On December 31, 2020, President Trump Read More »

Premium Processing Update

**UPDATE** On October 19, 2020, USCIS raised the premium processing fee to $2,500 for Forms I-140 and I-129. The law that increased this fee also expanded premium processing to other types of cases and benefits, but as of December 21, 2020, USCIS has not indicated when it plans to implement this expansion.   **UPDATE** On Read More »

USCIS Offices Reopening Starting June 4

**UPDATE** On May 27, USCIS announced that it is preparing to reopen some local offices om June 4.  According to USCIS, it “is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to protect our workforce and the public. For the latest information on the status of individual offices, check our office closures page. While certain Read More »

UPDATE to Implementation of New DHS Public Charge Rule

**UPDATE** On March 9, 2021, DHS rescinded implementation of the new public charge rule that went into effect last year, because the Biden Administration withdrew the prior Administration’s appeal of a pending federal lawsuit, which had the effect of reinstating a lower court decision which invalidated the 2019 Public Charge rule. As of March 9, Read More »

Updates on Executive Order “Travel Bans”

**UPDATE** On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a new Presidential Proclamation that revoked the previous travel bans related to people from predominantly Muslim and African countries. A link to this new proclamation is available here. The State Department has been charged with creating a plan for immigrant visas denied under the prior ban Read More »

ON HOLD! – New Health Insurance Requirement for Immigrant Visa Applicants

**UPDATE** on November 2, 2019, a District Court judge in Oregon granted a nation-wide temporary restraining order which prohibits the implementation of the new policy based on the presidential proclamation described below.   October 15, 2019: On October 4, 2019, the President issued Presidential Proclamation 9945, which will prevent new immigrants from entering the U.S. Read More »

POSTPONED! – New State Department “Public Charge” Rule Applies to Visa Applicants starting 10/15/19

**UPDATE** Late on October 15, 2019, The U.S. Department of State (DOS) decided to postpone implementation of its new public charge regulation. It will first develop new visa application forms and procedures, which are expected to require information related to the visa applicant’s health, finances, education and receipt of public benefits. This means that the Read More »