News Updates

USCIS Announces Automatic Extension of Up to 540 Days for Certain EAD Renewals

20:42 03 May in News Updates by Larrabee

Highlights: The 540-day automatic extension only applies to EAD categories currently eligible for an automatic 180-day extension A timely-filed Form I-765 EAD renewal application is still required The temporary 540-day extension is effective from May 4, 2022 through October 26, 2023.  Beginning October 27, 2023, automatic EAD extensions will revert to the up to 180-day period. If the EAD validity plus 180-day auto extension has already expired, beginning May 4, 2022 the holder is eligible for up to 540 days’ additional work authorization from the expiration date on the face of their EAD. Such individuals may resume employment if they are still...

Ukraine designated for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

16:37 04 March in News Updates by Larrabee

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.” A country may be designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation:...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE 2.28.2022

19:31 01 March in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - February 28, 2022 HEADLINES Biden Administration Considers TPS, Other Measures for Ukrainians; Advocacy Organizations Weigh In; Consular Services Suspended in Kyiv – The Biden administration is considering implementing protections for Ukrainians in the United States, as Russia invades Ukraine in a rapidly developing situation expected to result in many refugees and displaced persons. Consular services are suspended in Kyiv; help is available at the border. DHS Announces National Interest Exception for 'Noncitizen Nonimmigrants' Traveling From Ukraine With a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident – In light of the current situation in Ukraine, Homeland Security Secretary...

FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

19:09 28 January in News Updates by Larrabee

USCIS Announces FY2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Will Open on March 1   KEY DATES: February 21                         Employers may create new accounts March 1 to March 18           Registrations for individual beneficiaries (employees) may be submitted March 18 to March 31         USCIS will conduct lottery and notify account holders of selections USCIS PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE 1.24.2022

20:13 24 January in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - January 24, 2022 HEADLINES 1. Biden Administration Implements New Actions to Increase Opportunities for STEM Students, Professionals, Others – Highlights of the new actions announced by the Departments of Homeland Security and State are summarized. 2. USCIS Notes 'Exceptionally High Number' of Employment-Based Green Cards Available This Fiscal Year – USCIS said many more visas are available in the first (priority workers) and second (workers with advanced degrees of exceptional ability) employment-based green card categories than there are adjustment of status applications pending with USCIS. 3. State Dept. Issues Final Rule Allowing Certain Fee Exemptions –The Department is allowing an exemption...

What is the New COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Land Border Travel to the United States from Canada and Mexico?

18:35 21 January in News Updates by Larrabee

Starting tomorrow, January 22, 2022,  people entering the United States from Canada or Mexico by land or ferry for essential or non-essential activities, are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.  This does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and U.S. nationals.  Also exempt from the vaccine requirement for land/ ferry entry to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico are: Children under 18; Foreign nationals with medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine; Foreign nationals with valid nonimmigrant visas (excluding B-1 or B-2 visas) who are citizens of a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability, as specified by...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE 1.19.2022

20:35 19 January in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - January 19, 2022 HEADLINES IMMIGRANT VISA BULLETIN February Visa Bulletin Warns of High Demand in Employment Fourth Category, Notes Upcoming Expiration of SR Religious Workers Category – High demand in the employment fourth preference category may necessitate the establishment of a worldwide final action date in the coming months. Also, no SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after February 17, 2022, and all individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted into the U.S. by February 17, 2022. USCIS ADJUDICATIONS USCIS Clarifies Guidance on O-1 Nonimmigrants...

LAC Update: FY2023 H-1B CAP FILINGS

23:08 05 January in News Updates by Larrabee

The filing window for registration to seek an FY2023 (10/1/2022 to 9/30/2023) H-1B cap-subject or quota number will likely open in March 2022. The earliest start date of employment for selected and approved petitions will be October 1, 2022. What are the H-1B quota limitations? Regular cap (Bachelor's degree):                    58,200 Regular cap, Citizens of Chile:                           1,400 Regular cap, Citizens of Singapore:                   5,400 Master's cap exemption (Master's degree or higher from a U.S. university):  20,000 Which individuals may need cap-subject H-1B sponsorship? F-1 students currently working pursuant to Optional Practical Training (OPT) Individuals in TN status (pursuant to the U.S. Canada Mexico Agreement – formerly NAFTA -- Treaty) Individuals who...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE 1.03.2022

23:11 03 January in News Updates by Larrabee

IMMIGRATION UPDATE - January 3, 2022 HEADLINES INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL / VISA STAMPING 1. Restrictions on Travelers From Southern African Countries Lifted December 31, 2021 – Affected countries include Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. 2. U.S. Passport Fees Rose December 27 – The fee for a U.S. passport book increased by $20, the Department of State announced. 3. CBP Confirms Lifting of Temporary Travel Restrictions Between the United States and Canada, Mexico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection published notices on December 23, 2021, announcing the lifting on November 8, 2021, of temporary restrictions that applied to non-essential travel by fully vaccinated...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE – 12.30.2021

18:47 03 January in News Updates by Larrabee

Important Announcement on Waivers of the Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers through the end of 2022 to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants who have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  This new authorization applies to temporary workers applying for H-1, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q visas who meet certain conditions, including that they are applying for a visa in their country of nationality or residence. Under this authority, consular officers have discretion to...