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Immigration Quick Takes — September 2021

October Visa Bulletin Next month, USCIS will accept Employment-Based Adjustment of Status applications based on the October Visa Bulletin’s Dates for Filing chart. The October Visa Bulletin’s Dates for Filing advance to July 8, 2012 (EB-2) and January 8, 2014

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The Dramatic Increase in Employment-Based Green Card Availability Explained

The past 10 months have seen significant forward movement in the backlog dates for Immigrant Visas (or Green Cards) as reported each month in the U.S. State Department’s Visa Bulletin. Since October of 2020, the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for

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DHS Extends I-9 Flexibilities for Fully Remote Workers

As offices nationwide closed in March 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) temporarily exempted fully remote employees from the employment eligibility verification physical inspection requirements for Form I-9 processing. At that time, DHS confirmed that employees working remotely

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Immigration Quick Takes – July 2021

National Interest Exceptions Now Valid for 12 Months and Multiple US Entries With COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place for a number of countries worldwide, many foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. from or through restricted countries require an exception

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USCIS Issues Policy Updates to Improve Immigration Processes

The Biden Administration has committed to reviewing current immigration regulations and policies to identify ways to improve the United States’ immigration system. Recent policy changes include broader criteria for expedited processing, more generous RFE practices, and extended work and travel

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Expanded Eligibility for a National Interest Exception (“NIE”) Waiver

The U.S. State Department has expanded eligibility for National Interest Exceptions to regional and country-specific COVID-19 Travel Bans On May 27th, the U.S. State Department announced an expansion in eligibility for National Interest Exception waivers to the various regional and

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Biometrics Requirements Suspended for All H-4 and L-2 Applications

USCIS has announced that they will suspend biometrics requirements for all H-4 and L-2 nonimmigrants beginning on May 17, 2021. The suspension of biometrics is intended to help USCIS to aggressively address the backlog of Form I-539 and Form-I765 filings

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The India Travel Ban Proclamation

On April 30, 2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019, which bars entry to United States for foreign national travelers who

Posted in Immigration Law

Post-H-1B Lottery Webinar Materials

In case you missed it: On May 4, Parker Gallini hosted a webinar to discuss the immigration landscape following the FY 2022 H-1B lottery. Our webinar covered immigration alternatives for foreign national employees not selected in the lottery, including the

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Immigration Quick Takes — April 2021

1. Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap Lottery Summary  USCIS announced on March 30th that they had received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year 2022 H-1B cap and had notified all prospective petitioners with

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