Immigration News and Policy Updates

The latest news and policy updates from Envoy Global and our affiliated law firm, Global Immigration Associates, P.C.

  • Department of Homeland Security Places New Restrictions On H-1B Visa Program

    Department of Homeland Security Places New Restrictions On H-1B Visa Program

    On October 8, 2020, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to publish a final rule that will heighten requirements for employers seeking to hire foreign nationals on H-1B status.

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  • New DOL Rule Increases Prevailing Wage Requirements For Certain Visas

    New DOL Rule Increases Prevailing Wage Requirements For Certain Visas

    On Thursday, October 8, 2020, the DOL is expected to publish an interim final rule and new prevailing wage figures that will increase the prevailing wage requirements for certain visa categories.

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  • Updated: New Spending Bill Expands Premium Processing for Employment-Based Visas

    Updated: New Spending Bill Expands Premium Processing for Employment-Based Visas

    A new appropriation bill signed into law allows U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services to raise the fee for premium processing and expand it to more visa categories.

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  • State Department Issues New Guidance on “National Interest Exceptions” to Trump’s June 22 Proclamation

    State Department Issues New Guidance on “National Interest Exceptions” to Trump’s June 22 Proclamation

    The Department of State released new guidance on what they will consider to be a “National Interest Exemption” to the visa issuance and travel ban that went into effect on June 22, 2020.

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  • USCIS Reinstates Public Charge Rule Nationwide

    USCIS Reinstates Public Charge Rule Nationwide

    Following a Sept. 11 ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, USCIS has resumed implementation of the Public Charge Rule nationwide.

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  • DHS Sends New H-1B Visa Regulation For Final Review

    DHS Sends New H-1B Visa Regulation For Final Review

    The Department of Homeland Security has sent a new regulation that would amend eligibility requirements for the H-1B specialty occupation visa for final review by the White House.

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  • UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration from Terminating DACA

    UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration from Terminating DACA

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, June 18, that the Trump administration cannot immediately terminate the Deferred Action For Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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  • Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban To Include Six Additional Countries

    Trump Administration Expands Travel Ban To Include Six Additional Countries

    The new order suspends immigrant visas for citizens of Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, citizens from Sudan and Tanzania are now barred from the U.S. diversity visa program.

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  • Public Charge Rule Can Move Ahead, Supreme Court Rules

    Public Charge Rule Can Move Ahead, Supreme Court Rules

    SCOTUS ruled that the Trump administration can move forward with implementing its new and expanded “public charge” rule, which applies to immigrant and certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas.

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  • DHS Extends Flexibility of Remote Options for I-9 Verification Requirements

    DHS Extends Flexibility of Remote Options for I-9 Verification Requirements

    Initially granted in March, DHS has provided guidelines for I-9 verification that relax in-person requirements and allow for remote verification. The latest extension was announced on Sept. 15, 2020.

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  • USCIS Confirms Certain Approval Notices Will Be Temporarily Sufficient for I-9 Verification Due to EAD Production Delays

    USCIS Confirms Certain Approval Notices Will Be Temporarily Sufficient for I-9 Verification Due to EAD Production Delays

    On August 19, 2020, USCIS announced that employers may use certain I-797 Approval Notices in lieu of original EAD cards as an acceptable form of employment authorization for I-9 verification purposes.

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  • USCIS Cancels Plans to Furlough Two-Thirds of Workforce

    USCIS Cancels Plans to Furlough Two-Thirds of Workforce

    U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 25 that it will abandon plans to furlough roughly two-thirds of its workforce due to a budget shortfall.

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  • USCIS Experiencing Delays Issuing Receipt and Approval Notices

    USCIS Experiencing Delays Issuing Receipt and Approval Notices

    Employers, sponsors and beneficiaries across the U.S. have experienced significant delays in receiving Receipt and Approval Notices from USCIS over the last several months.

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  • Trump Issues Executive Order on Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices

    Trump Issues Executive Order on Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices

    President Trump has issued an executive order requiring a review of federal contracting and hiring practices, citing the need to protect the interests of American workers.

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  • UPDATED: Public Charge Rule Suspended Nationwide

    UPDATED: Public Charge Rule Suspended Nationwide

    The U.S. District Court for SDNY has enjoined the federal government from enforcing, applying, implementing or treating as effective, the USCIS final rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.

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  • USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs

    USCIS Adjusts Fees to Help Meet Operational Needs

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that will adjust the fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests.

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  • ICE Issues Further Clarification for New or Initially Enrolled Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester

    ICE Issues Further Clarification for New or Initially Enrolled Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester

    ICE says that in accordance with its March 2020 guidance, “new” or “initially” enrolling students will not be allowed to study in the U.S. if their full course of study is 100% online.

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  • State Department Releases Exemptions From Recent Presidential Proclamation

    State Department Releases Exemptions From Recent Presidential Proclamation

    The U.S. State Department has released a list of exemptions following President Trump’s presidential proclamation that he signed on June 22.

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  • President Issues Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization

    President Issues Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization

    President Trump issued an executive order erasing many of the distinctions that Hong Kong nationals receive as compared to Chinese nationals.

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  • USCIS Faces Delays Printing Documents

    USCIS Faces Delays Printing Documents

    USCIS is facing delays printing employment authorization documents for immigrants and nonimmigrants.

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