December 9, 2021. USCIS temporarily lifts its requirement that the medical exams that adjustment of status applicants submit on Form I-693 contain a physician's signature that's no more than 60 days old.
November 10, 2021 Husbands and wives of L-1 intracompany transferees who come to the U.S. on L-2 visas will no longer need to submit an I-765 form and receive a work permit (EAD) card in order to accept U.S. employment.
November 10, 2021. The H-2B visa allows foreign nationals to come to the United State to temporarily fill certain nonagricultural jobs, but only if they are from one of certain eligible countries; the list of which has recently been changed.
December 1, 2021 Croatian nationals can now enter the U.S. and spend up to 90 days in the country without first obtaining a visitors' visa (B-1 or B-2), due to new participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
October 1, 2021 Whether you apply for refugee entry or an immigrant visa and green card through an overseas U.S. consulate or apply for a green card via adjustment of status while living in the United States, you will need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
September 9, 2021 If you have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a national of either El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, or Sudan, the U.S. government has extended your status, and your work permission, through December 31, 2022.
August 5, 2021 Residents of Hong Kong currently in the U.S. will be temporarily protected from removal (deportation), by a presidential grant of "Deferred Enforced Departure" or DED, lasting 18 months.
June 22, 2021 The new regulations increasing the minimum investment amount for people seeking permanent residence through the EB-5 visa program to $1 million has been struck down by a federal court, but could eventually be brought back.
June 8, 2021 Bad news for TPS holders seeking to adjust status to permanent resident and obtain a green card: The Supreme Court says if their last entry to the U.S. was unlawful or they've worked without authorization, they cannot use the procedure known as "adjustment of status" to apply for a green card.
March 11, 2021 Biden Administration announces it is designating Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), such that people from Burma who happen to be in the U.S. on this date can put off departure and register to stay temporarily.
March 10, 2021 If you're filling out one of the extension or change of status immigration forms before an updated version comes out (sometime after March of 2021), you can skip the questions related to receipt of public benefits.
March 9, 2021 DHS announces that it will no longer attempt to push Trump-era public charge rules, which created a "wealth test" for immigrants, through the appeals court system. The new rule is on its way to being permanently vacated.
March 3, 2021. Asylum-seekers could face new legal hurdles and the possibility that the U.S. government will dismiss claims at early stages in the legal process, if Trump-era regulations are not overturned.
February 22, 2021 Applicants for naturalized U.S. citizenship who had been studying for the 2020 version of the civics and history exam that USCIS announced it would begin using in 2021 can stop, and study for older, easier version!
** LEGAL UPDATE ** Syria was originally designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 2012, by then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, in response to internal conflicts there. A TPS designation does not offer a permanent right to remain in the U.S., but it does offers citizens and
June 13, 2022 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifts the requirement that all international airline passengers ages two or older present a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a U.S.-bound flight.
January 20, 2021 Any Venezuelan national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela, who was present in the United States as of the order's effective date has permission to remain temporarily in the United States for the next 18 months; that is, has Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
January 19, 2021 U.S. immigration court system (formally known as the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR) adopts a final rule increasing filing fees for applications, appeals, and motions; however, most of the increases have been blocked by a federal court pending further litigation.
December 27, 2020 Congress passes, and President Trump signs, a spending package that funds various federal agencies into 2021, offers COVID relief to Americans whose income falls below certain limits, and extends various immigration programs that were about to expire.