Anne Walsh

  • 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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  • PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

    PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

    PERM processing times were slightly longer in February 2021 compared to the previous month, which had average processing times of 207 days for adjudication and 339 days for audit review.

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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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  • USCIS to Open FY 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Electronic Registration on March 9, 2021

    USCIS to Open FY 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Electronic Registration on March 9, 2021

    USCIS will open the registration period for FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions on March 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST. The registration period will close on March 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST.

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  • USCIS Rescinds 2017 Policy Memo for H-1B Computer-Related Positions

    USCIS Rescinds 2017 Policy Memo for H-1B Computer-Related Positions

    USCIS rescinded a 2017 memo on the adjudication of H-1B computer-related positions. The memo won't be applied to any new or pending requests for H-1B classification, including appeals of denials.

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