Immigration News and Policy Updates

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

  • State Department Releases December Visa Bulletin; USCIS to Use Dates for Filing Chart

    State Department Releases December Visa Bulletin; USCIS to Use Dates for Filing Chart

    The State Department has published the December 2020 Visa Bulletin, which will follow the Dates for Filing Chart to determine eligibility for adjustment of status.

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  • U.S.-CA-MX Border Closure Extended Through December 21, 2020

    U.S.-CA-MX Border Closure Extended Through December 21, 2020

    Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, North American borders will remain closed for another month. Nonessential travel across U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders is banned through December 21, 2020.

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  • DHS Proposes Rule to Expand Biometrics Collection

    DHS Proposes Rule to Expand Biometrics Collection

    DHS has proposed a rule authorizing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expand biometrics collection for certain travelers entering or exiting the country.

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  • USCIS to Implement Updated Naturalization Civics Test on December 1, 2020

    USCIS to Implement Updated Naturalization Civics Test on December 1, 2020

    USCIS plans to implement an amended naturalization civics test, which is required for most individuals seeking U.S. citizenship. The new naturalization civics test will be implemented on Dec. 1, 2020.

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  • ICE Urged to Drop Proposed Duration of Status Regulation

    ICE Urged to Drop Proposed Duration of Status Regulation

    ICE is facing pressure from business and higher education groups to withdraw a proposed regulation setting maximum periods of stay for exchange visitors and foreign students.

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  • Updated: Public Charge Rule Vacated Nationwide

    Updated: Public Charge Rule Vacated Nationwide

    On November 2, 2020, the Federal District Court vacated the Public Charge Rule nationwide. Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can no longer apply the Public Charge Rule.

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  • DHS Proposes New Rules to Replace H-1B Lottery with Wage-Based Selection Process

    DHS Proposes New Rules to Replace H-1B Lottery with Wage-Based Selection Process

    On Oct. 28, 2020, DHS announced plans to change the H-1B selection process from a lottery system to a wage-based selection process.

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  • 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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  • Updated: DHS Continues to Extend Flexibility of Remote Options for I-9 Verification Requirements Through the End of this Calendar Year

    Updated: DHS Continues to Extend Flexibility of Remote Options for I-9 Verification Requirements Through the End of this Calendar Year

    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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