Policy and News

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

  • 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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  • Mid-Year State of U.S. Immigration

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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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  • UPDATED: SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester

    UPDATED: SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester

    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and DHS announced plans to amend their temporary exemptions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic for nonimmigrant students taking online classes.

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  • New Presidential Proclamation Suspends Certain Visas for Individuals Currently Outside the U.S.

    New Presidential Proclamation Suspends Certain Visas for Individuals Currently Outside the U.S.

    President Trump has signed a presidential proclamation suspending certain visas for individuals who are currently outside the U.S. This is an expansion of the visa suspension announced in April, 2020.

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  • USCIS Publishes Final Memo Regarding Employer-Employee Relationship Scrutiny and Related USCIS Practices

    USCIS Publishes Final Memo Regarding Employer-Employee Relationship Scrutiny and Related USCIS Practices

    On Friday, June 19, USCIS published a memorandum implementing a previously announced settlement with business group ITService Alliance to overturn policies on H-1B visas.

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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 Signifies Intent to Temporarily Suspend Immigration Into the United States

    Trump Signifies Intent to Temporarily Suspend Immigration Into the United States

    President Donald Trump announced on Monday plans to sign an executive order that would temporarily ban immigration into the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

    FY 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

    USCIS confirmed that it will start accepting fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap petitions starting April 1, 2020.

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  • USCIS Announces Reuse of Previously Submitted Biometrics to Process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Extension Requests

    USCIS Announces Reuse of Previously Submitted Biometrics to Process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Extension Requests

    USCIS will reuse previously submitted biometrics to process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of ASCs in response to COVID-19.

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  • H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

    H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

    USCIS announced on Friday, March 27, 2020, that it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period (March 1-20, 2020) to reach the FY 2021 H-1B cap.

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  • [UPDATED] USCIS Extends Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

    [UPDATED] USCIS Extends Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny

    USCIS announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs).

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  • U.S. State Department To Suspend All Routine Visa Services

    U.S. State Department To Suspend All Routine Visa Services

    The U.S. State Department announced on March 20, 2020 that it will temporarily suspend routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and consulates in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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  • USCIS & DOL Announce Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

    USCIS & DOL Announce Flexibility in Submitting Required Signatures During COVID-19 National Emergency

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures.

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  • USCIS To Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus

    USCIS To Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All I-129 and I-140 Petitions Due to the Coronavirus

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all I-129 and I-140 Petitions due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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  • UPDATE: USCIS To Reopen Offices To The Public as Soon as June 4

    UPDATE: USCIS To Reopen Offices To The Public as Soon as June 4

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the temporary closure of its offices to the public beginning March 18, 2020, through April 1, 2020.

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  • USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for FY 2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

    USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for FY 2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

    USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions.

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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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