Ian Love

  • USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    On Jan. 21, 2022, USCIS issued new policy guidance for certain O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement visas.

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  • DHS Expands STEM Program to Add More Fields of Study

    DHS Expands STEM Program to Add More Fields of Study

    DHS has published a notice in the Federal Register on Jan. 21, 2022 that adds 22 new qualifying fields of study to the STEM program.

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  • State Department Exempts Some Immigrant Visa Applicants from Fees

    State Department Exempts Some Immigrant Visa Applicants from Fees

    On Jan. 19, 2021, the State Department issued a final rule that exempts some immigrant visa applicants from paying visa application fees.

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  • State Department Issues February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has released the February 2022 Visa Bulletin, which will use either the Final Action Dates or the Dates for Filing chart based on USCIS's decision.

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  • State Department Proposes Fee Increases for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas and J-Waiver Fee

    State Department Proposes Fee Increases for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas and J-Waiver Fee

    The State Department has published a proposed rule to increase application processing fees for various visa applications at U.S. consulates around the world.

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  • DOS and DHS Waive Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

    DOS and DHS Waive Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

    DOS and DHS will waive the in-person interview requirement for some nonimmigrant visa applicants through 2022.

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  • USCIS Waives 60-Day Signature Rule for Form I-693 Medical Exam

    USCIS Waives 60-Day Signature Rule for Form I-693 Medical Exam

    USCIS is temporarily waiving a requirement that Form I-693 must be signed by the civil surgeon performing the examination no more than 60 days before an applicant applies for an immigration benefit.

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  • USCIS Conducts Third Random Selection From FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS Conducts Third Random Selection From FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS has announced a third random selection for H-1B cap registrations. The filing period for petitions will start on November 22, 2021 and end on February 23, 2022.

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  • Updated: Settlement Changes USCIS Recognition of Work Authorization for H-4 and L-2 EADs

    Updated: Settlement Changes USCIS Recognition of Work Authorization for H-4 and L-2 EADs

    Following a recent settlement, USCIS will expand eligibility for employment authorization for L-2 spouses and certain H-4 spouses.

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  • ICE Updates Guidance for Form I-20 Electronic Signatures and Transmissions

    ICE Updates Guidance for Form I-20 Electronic Signatures and Transmissions

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has updated policy guidance on the use of electronic signatures and transmission for Form I-20.

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  • Delays Updated for Passport Services

    Delays Updated for Passport Services

    The U.S. Department of State has provided updates on delays related to passport services.

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  • November  2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    November  2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • Biden Administration Orders ICE to Halt Worksite Arrests

    Biden Administration Orders ICE to Halt Worksite Arrests

    This week, the Biden administration ordered an end to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids at worksites that often result in large-scale immigration arrests.

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  • Government Shutdown Looms; Immigration Processes May Be Affected

    Government Shutdown Looms; Immigration Processes May Be Affected

    A stopgap measure or FY2022 spending legislation must pass by Oct. 1, 2021 to avoid the government shutdown.

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  • U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

    U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

    Due to COVID-19, the U.S. government will extend existing U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land border closures through Oct. 21, 2021.

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  • In-Person Interview Waivers Expanded for F, J and M Visa Applicants

    In-Person Interview Waivers Expanded for F, J and M Visa Applicants

    The State Department has expanded an existing policy to waive in-person interviews for visa applicants due to COVID-19. The policy now extends to F, M and academic J applicants.

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  • USCIS Updates Policies for Visitors to Field Offices

    USCIS Updates Policies for Visitors to Field Offices

    USCIS has provided updates for visitors to its field offices due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • CDC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Immigrant Visa and Green Card Applicants

    CDC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Immigrant Visa and Green Card Applicants

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon require full COVID-19 vaccination for immigrant visa and green card applicants.

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  • USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for FY 2021

    USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for FY 2021

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the limit for cap-subject H-2B petitions for returning workers in FY 2021.

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  • Department of Homeland Security Seeks Public Comments for Public Charge Rulemaking

    Department of Homeland Security Seeks Public Comments for Public Charge Rulemaking

    DHS is seeking public comments on the controversial public charge rule.

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