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.

  • USCIS Offers Online Filing for Form I-765 Applicants Eligible Under the Public Interest Parolee Category

    USCIS Offers Online Filing for Form I-765 Applicants Eligible Under the Public Interest Parolee Category

    (USCIS) is permitting certain categories of applicants for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to file applications online.

    Read Article
  • USCIS to Transfer Some FY 2023 H-1B Cap Petitions to the California Service Center

    USCIS to Transfer Some FY 2023 H-1B Cap Petitions to the California Service Center

    USCIS has announced  that it will transfer some FY 2023 H-1B cap-subject petitions to the California Service Center from the Vermont Service Center for processing.

    Read Article
  • U.S. Releases Updates to COVID-19 Entry Requirements for International Travelers

    U.S. Releases Updates to COVID-19 Entry Requirements for International Travelers

    As of Sunday, June 12, 2022, the U.S. no longer requires vaccinated foreign travelers entering the country by air to have a pre-departure COVID-19 test and negative result before boarding.

    Read Article
  • [UPDATED] USCIS to Implement Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed Form I-140 Petitions

    [UPDATED] USCIS to Implement Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed Form I-140 Petitions

    On Aug. 1, 2022, USCIS will implement a second phase of premium processing for certain EB-1 and EB-2 petitioners with a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Work.

    Read Article
  • Delays in H-1B Receipt Notices Reported at Vermont Service Center

    Delays in H-1B Receipt Notices Reported at Vermont Service Center

    The Vermont Service Center (VSC) is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for H-1B petitions filed at this USCIS regional center.

    Read Article
  • USCIS Announces Longer Automatic Extension for Eligible EAD Renewals

    USCIS Announces Longer Automatic Extension for Eligible EAD Renewals

    On May 4, 2022, USCIS will increase the automatic extension period for eligible Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) from 180 days to 540 days.

    Read Article
  • [UPDATED] President Biden Announces new Humanitarian Parole Program for Ukrainians

    [UPDATED] President Biden Announces new Humanitarian Parole Program for Ukrainians

    On April 25, 2022, President Biden launched a new humanitarian parole program for Ukrainians who are fleeing their country due to the ongoing armed conflict.

    Read Article
  • USCIS FY 2023 H-1B Cap Registrations and Selections Soar

    USCIS FY 2023 H-1B Cap Registrations and Selections Soar

    USCIS announced that it received 483,927 fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B registrations in March 2022, which is a new record.

    Read Article
  • USCIS Announces Online DACA Renewal Filings for Recipients

    USCIS Announces Online DACA Renewal Filings for Recipients

    USCIS announced that individuals who were previously granted legal status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can file renewal requests electronically.

    Read Article
  • USCIS Announces Plan Expanding Premium Processing and Enhancing Internal Efficiency

    USCIS Announces Plan Expanding Premium Processing and Enhancing Internal Efficiency

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a plan to improve efficiency and reduce immigration system burdens in the agency that have led to severe application processing backlogs.

    Read Article
  • State Department Continues to Allow Entry to the U.S. With an Expired Passport

    State Department Continues to Allow Entry to the U.S. With an Expired Passport

    The State Department is extending a temporary measure that allows U.S. citizens to enter the United States even if they have an expired U.S. passport.

    Read Article
  • DHS to End Temporary Policy for Expired I-9 Documents in May 2022

    DHS to End Temporary Policy for Expired I-9 Documents in May 2022

    On May 1, 2022, DHS will end a temporary policy that allows employers to accept expired List B identity documents during the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification process.

    Read Article
  • [UPDATED] State Department Issues Guidance for Ukrainian Applicants

    [UPDATED] State Department Issues Guidance for Ukrainian Applicants

    The U.S. State Department provided more details on immigrant and nonimmigrant visas processes for Ukrainian nationals impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.

    Read Article
  • DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine

    DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine

    DHS has announced that Ukraine has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on account of the Russian military invasion.

    Read Article
  • USCIS Reaches FY 2022 H-1B Cap

    USCIS Reaches FY 2022 H-1B Cap

    USCIS reached the FY 2022 H-1B cap, as announced on Feb. 28, 2022. USCIS conducted three lotteries in FY 2022, but it will not conduct a fourth lottery.

    Read Article
  • State Department Issues September 2022 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues September 2022 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has released the  September 2022 Visa Bulletin. USCIS will use the Final Action Dates chart for employment-based categories.

    Read Article
  • What Would a Government Shutdown Mean for Immigration?

    What Would a Government Shutdown Mean for Immigration?

    Previous government shutdowns can help provide insights on how stakeholders may prepare for shutdown-related delays to immigration processing if there is a shutdown in February or beyond.

    Read Article
  • FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season: 4 Key Things to Know

    FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season: 4 Key Things to Know

    As the FY 2023 H-1B cap season quickly approaches, here are four things to know.

    Read Article
  • USCIS Announces FY 2023 H-1B Cap Registration to Start March 1, 2022

    USCIS Announces FY 2023 H-1B Cap Registration to Start March 1, 2022

    USCIS announced that the registration period for the FY 2023 H-1B cap season will begin at 12:00 PM EST on March 1, 2022, and end at 12:00 PM EST on March 18, 2022.

    Read Article
  • [UPDATED] USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    [UPDATED] USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    USCIS issued new policy guidance in July 2022 for certain O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement visas.

    Read Article
  • loading
    Loading More...