Anne Walsh

  • December 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    December 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the December 2021 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing Chart for employment-based categories.

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  • White House Officially Releases New COVID-19 Travel Guidance for Travelers Entering U.S.

    White House Officially Releases New COVID-19 Travel Guidance for Travelers Entering U.S.

    The U.S. government has released official guidance for travelers to safely resume global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic that is primarily focused on vaccination.

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  • Diversity Visa Lottery for FY 2023 Now Open

    Diversity Visa Lottery for FY 2023 Now Open

    The State Department has announced that registration has opened for the 2023 Diversity Visa lottery.

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  • Federal Judge Orders Visa Processing to Continue During Travel Bans

    Federal Judge Orders Visa Processing to Continue During Travel Bans

    The State Department must continue processing visas for eligible travelers while COVID-related travel bans are in effect

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  • Updated: Fully Vaccinated Travelers May Enter the U.S. November 8

    Updated: Fully Vaccinated Travelers May Enter the U.S. November 8

    The Biden administration will announce that fully vaccinated visa holders may enter the U.S. starting in November regardless of origin.

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  • Federal Judge Sets Aside H-1B Lottery Prioritization Rule

    Federal Judge Sets Aside H-1B Lottery Prioritization Rule

    On Sept. 15, 2021, a federal judge set aside a regulation that was scheduled to replace the current H-1B wage-based selection process.

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  • October 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department 

    October 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department 

    The State Department has released the October 2021 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing Chart.

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  • September 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    September 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the September 2021 Visa Bulletin, which brings advancement in multiple employment-based categories.

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  • August 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    August 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the August 2021 Visa Bulletin, which brings advancement in multiple employment-based categories.

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  • State Department Extends National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) Granted to Travelers Subject to COVID-19 Country Restrictions

    State Department Extends National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) Granted to Travelers Subject to COVID-19 Country Restrictions

    DOS announced NIEs granted in the past year are automatically extended for 12 months from date of approval and for multiple entries to the U.S. when used for the purpose for which they were granted.

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  • USCIS to Permit Resubmission of Certain FY 2021 H-1B Petitions Rejected Due to Start Date

    USCIS to Permit Resubmission of Certain FY 2021 H-1B Petitions Rejected Due to Start Date

    Starting June 23, 2021, USCIS will accept resubmissions for FY 2021 H-1B cap subject petitions that were closed or rejected because the requested start date was later than Oct. 1, 2020.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against TPS as an Admission for Adjustment of Status

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against TPS as an Admission for Adjustment of Status

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals who entered the U.S. without permission cannot obtain status as permanent residents from within the U.S. through the TPS program.

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  • USCIS Updates COVID-19 Visitor Policy for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    USCIS Updates COVID-19 Visitor Policy for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    USCIS has updated its COVID-19 policy for in-person visitors.

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  • State Department and CBP Ease Passport Requirements for Returning U.S. Citizens

    State Department and CBP Ease Passport Requirements for Returning U.S. Citizens

    The U.S. State Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have announced that certain U.S. citizens may return to the country using expired passports.

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  • June 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    June 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the June 2021 Visa Bulletin, which brings advancement in multiple employment-based categories.

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  • DHS Removes Vacated H-1B Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations

    DHS Removes Vacated H-1B Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations

    The Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule in the Federal Register that removes an interim final rule.

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  • USCIS Expected to Suspend Biometrics Requirements for Certain Applications

    USCIS Expected to Suspend Biometrics Requirements for Certain Applications

    Effective May 17, 2021, USCIS is expected to remove biometrics requirements for certain dependent applicants filing Form I-539 including H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2 and E-3.

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  • State Department to Alleviate Immigrant Visa Application Backlogs with Tiered System

    State Department to Alleviate Immigrant Visa Application Backlogs with Tiered System

    The U.S. State Department has announced that it will begin using a tiered system at U.S. Embassies and Consulates to reduce immigrant visa application backlogs.

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  • Biden Announces New COVID-19 Travel Suspension for India

    Biden Announces New COVID-19 Travel Suspension for India

    President Biden is scheduled to impose a new COVID-19 travel restriction suspending all non-exempt travel from India to the U.S. The suspension will take effect on May 4, 2021 at 12:01am ET.

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  • USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

    USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

    USCIS will restore text regarding the Public Charge Rule in the CFR to the version issued before August 2019

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