U.S. Immigration News and Policy Updates

U.S. immigration news and policy updates from Envoy Global and the two independent U.S. Law Firms we work with, Global Immigration Associates and Corporate Immigration Partners.

  • 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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  • U.S. Immigration: 2021 Year in Review

    U.S. Immigration: 2021 Year in Review

    As 2021 winds down, we are looking back at some key updates in U.S. employment-based immigration.

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  • Updated: U.S. Imposes New Travel Restrictions Due to Emerging Omicron COVID Variant

    Updated: U.S. Imposes New Travel Restrictions Due to Emerging Omicron COVID Variant

    A new travel restriction bars most foreign nationals from entry into the U.S. if they have been physically present in South Africa or seven other southern African countries in the past 14 days.

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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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  • January 2022 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    January 2022 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the January 2022 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing Chart for employment-based categories.

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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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  • Frequently Asked Questions for Noncitizen Travelers Entering the U.S. Starting November 8

    Frequently Asked Questions for Noncitizen Travelers Entering the U.S. Starting November 8

    Information in this FAQ is intended to supplement information detailed in Envoy Global’s blog article on the official Nov. 8 U.S. travel announcement.

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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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  • 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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  • What is Visa Retrogression?

    What is Visa Retrogression?

    As noted in our November 2021 Visa Bulletin post, significant retrogression related to the EB-3 category occurred.

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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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  • USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2022

    USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2022

    (USCIS) announced that it has received enough H-2B petitions for temporary nonagricultural workers to meet the congressionally mandated cap for the first half of FY 2022

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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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  • 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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