Anne Walsh

  • 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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  • April 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    April 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • USCIS Releases Guidance on End of 2019 Public Charge Rule

    USCIS Releases Guidance on End of 2019 Public Charge Rule

    USCIS has issued guidance on the end of the 2019 Public Charge Rule’s application. Effective immediately, USCIS will apply Public Charge guidance put in place in 1999.

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  • Biden Administration Ends Defense of 2019 Public Charge Rule

    Biden Administration Ends Defense of 2019 Public Charge Rule

    The Biden administration has announced that it will no longer defend the public charge rule, implemented by the Trump administration, against forthcoming legal challenges.

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  • DOS Announces New National Interest Exception Policy for Some Travelers From the UK, Ireland and Schengen Area

    DOS Announces New National Interest Exception Policy for Some Travelers From the UK, Ireland and Schengen Area

    The DOS has announced a new NIE policy that makes it more difficult for some travelers from the UK, Schengen Area, and Ireland to obtain National Interest Exceptions to PP 10143.

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  • USCIS Extends Premium Processing to E-3 Petitions

    USCIS Extends Premium Processing to E-3 Petitions

    USCIS announced that it has extended premium processing services to E-3 petitioners. The change is effective immediately & applies to Australian nationals performing services in a specialty occupation

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  • March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released by Department of State

    March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released by Department of State

    The Department of State has released the March 2021 Visa Bulletin. Priority cut-off dates advance in most employment-based categories.

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  • President Biden Introduces U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in Congress

    President Biden Introduces U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in Congress

    President Biden has introduced a comprehensive reform bill, called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, in Congress. The bill proposes many employment-based changes.

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  • U.S. Senators Durbin and Graham Introduce 2021 Dream Act

    U.S. Senators Durbin and Graham Introduce 2021 Dream Act

    On Feb. 4, 2021, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the 2021 Dream Act as part of the Biden administration’s initiative for comprehensive immigration reform.

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