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WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 4.12.2021

15:46 19 April in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - April 12, 2021 HEADLINES 1. F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online – On April 12, 2021 USCIS announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing for (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT; (c)(3)(B) - Post-Completion OPT; (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of STEM OPT 2. CBP Reminds Carriers of LPR Boarding Policy – U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued guidance on March 5, 2021, for its Carrier Liaison Program on the current policy for boarding of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). 3. State Dept....

Status of Travel Bans and Consular Operations

15:57 08 April in News Updates by Larrabee

Below are the latest updates on U.S. consular operations and entry requirements to the U.S. Please note that it is imperative to check the requirements of any country you seek to visit, as well as any country you may transit through, as the impact of the global pandemic may change admission requirements for citizens and foreign nationals alike. We are all hopeful that increasing vaccination rollouts will mean consular appointments will be more readily available and the remaining bans will lift, but we’re not quite there yet. ___________________ State Dept. Updates National Interest Exceptions for Regional COVID Proclamations – April 8, 2021 ...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 4.08.2021

15:47 08 April in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - April 8, 2021 HEADLINES 1.  USCIS Completes Initial FY 2022 H-1B Cap Season Selections; Petitions May Be Filed Through June 30, 2021 – USCIS notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the named beneficiaries.  The petition filing window is April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. 2. DHS Extends I-9 Requirement Flexibility Until May 31, 2021 – DHS announced an extension until May 31, 2021, of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic precautions. 3. ICE Announces New SEVIS Process...

ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility

22:18 31 March in News Updates by Larrabee

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) compliance due to continued precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy is extended until May 31, 2021. Back in March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security deferred physical presence requirements associated with the I-9 process. The policy applies only to employers and workplaces operating remotely. “ICE Announces Extension to I-9 Compliance Flexibility,” ICE, March 31, 2021, https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility <-- Back to News Updates...

FY 2022 H-1B Cap Season Update: USCIS Announces H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

22:02 30 March in News Updates by Larrabee

FY 2022 H-1B Cap Season Update:    USCIS has announced it has completed the initial H-1B electronic registration selection process for FY2022 cap cases.  Please see details in the USCIS Press Release below. Please note that individuals whose registrations were not selected but remain in “Submitted” status remain eligible for any subsequent selections USCIS may conduct this fiscal year.    As they did last year, USCIS may run another selection in a few months if additional visas become available before September 30, 2021.  This may happen if H-1B petitions based on registrations selected in the first round are not filed after selection, withdrawn after filing, or...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 3.29.2021

15:13 29 March in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - March 29, 2021 HEADLINES 1. Class Action Filed Against DHS for L-2 and H-4 Processing Delays – The American Immigration Lawyers Association and Wasden Banias, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit challenging processing delays on extensions of status and employment authorization documents for H-4 and L-2 nonimmigrant spouses. 2. SEVP Reports 2020 Drop in International Student Enrollment – SEVP reported a drop of 72 percent in international student enrollment in 2020, attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and Trump-era immigration policies. 3. USCIS Extends Flexibilities for Responding to Agency Requests – USCIS will consider a response to certain requests and notices...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 3.21.2021

15:00 29 March in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - March 21, 2021 HEADLINES 1. CBP Extends Temporary Travel Restrictions Between U.S. and Canada/Mexico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that temporary travel restrictions between the United States and Canada, and between the United States and Mexico, at land ports of entry along the border (including passenger ferry services and pleasure boat travel) will remain in effect through April 21, 2021. Travel will be limited to that deemed "essential," due to continued transmission of the virus associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 2. USCIS Stops Applying Public Charge Final Rule to All Pending Applications and Petitions – USCIS stopped...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 3.18.2021

20:09 18 March in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - March 17, 2021 HEADLINES April 2021 Visa Bulletin Posted; State Dept. Launches Monthly Live "Chats with Charlie" –The Department of State has posted the April 2021 Visa Bulletin.  In addition to providing Final Action Dates and Dates for Filing for family- and employment-based petitions, it contains notes on the diversity visa (DV) category, DV category rank cut-offs that will apply in April, and an announcement that the DOS YouTube channel (@TravelGov) will begin hosting live "Chats with Charlie" each month to address general issues related to the content of the bulletin, with the first chat taking place at 1:00...

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE 3.09.2021

19:33 09 March in News Updates by Larrabee

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION UPDATE - March 9, 2021 HEADLINES 1.  Dept. of State Issues New Guidance on Exceptions for Travelers From Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland - Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10143 issued on January 25, 2021 bars the admission into the United States of individuals (other than U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and certain other classes of foreign nationals) who were physically present in the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa during the 14 days prior to seeking admission to the United States. The Department of State has rescinded the previous guidance for exceptions to the PP...

LAC Client Alert: Department of State Revises Standards for National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for travel to the United States

22:53 04 March in News Updates by Larrabee

State Department Revises Standards for National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for travel to the United States For Travelers from the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland Issues More Restrictive Guidance The State Department has rescinded the previous standards for determining exceptions under the national interest (NIE) under  Presidential Proclamation 10143 as related to the Schengen Area, U.K., and Ireland. Presidential Proclamation 10143,  issued by President Joe Biden on January 25, 2021, bars the admission into the United States of individuals (other than United States citizens, lawful permanent residents, and certain other classes of foreign nationals) who were physically present in the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the...