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 2023 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues February 2023 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has issued the Feb. 2023 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing chart.

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  • USCIS Announces Proposed Naturalization and Immigration Fee Increase

    USCIS Announces Proposed Naturalization and Immigration Fee Increase

    On Jan. 3, 2023, USCIS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to increase certain naturalization and immigration fees.

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  • CDC Mandates Negative COVID-19 Test Results for Air Travelers From China

    CDC Mandates Negative COVID-19 Test Results for Air Travelers From China

    CDC introduces new entry requirements for travelers from China due to COVID-19; measures take effect Jan. 5, 2023.

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  • DHS Announces Public Charge Final Rule is in Effect

    DHS Announces Public Charge Final Rule is in Effect

    The Department of Homeland Security announced that the Public Charge Final Rule is in effect as of Dec. 23, 2022.

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  • State Department Issues January 2023 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues January 2023 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has issued the January 2023 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing chart.

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  • 2022 Holiday Travel Tips

    2022 Holiday Travel Tips

    Whether you’re traveling for business or vacation, there are important travel requirements to consider before you leave.

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  • PERM and New Equal Pay Transparency Laws

    PERM and New Equal Pay Transparency Laws

    Due to Equal Pay Transparency laws enacted in many state and local jurisdictions, companies across the U.S. may face changes to their Permanent Labor Certification Programs (PERMs).

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  • State Department Takes Steps to Reduce Delays and Backlogs

    State Department Takes Steps to Reduce Delays and Backlogs

    The U.S. State Department (DOS) announced it is continuing to take new steps for foreign nationals seeking entry into the U.S.

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  • Loss of Educational Accrediting Agency Recognition Will Impact Certain Immigration Benefits

    Loss of Educational Accrediting Agency Recognition Will Impact Certain Immigration Benefits

    On August 19, 2022, the DOE announced that effective immediately, it would no longer recognize the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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  • US-Mexico: The Venezuela Program and New Border Crossing Measures for Venezuelan Migrants

    US-Mexico: The Venezuela Program and New Border Crossing Measures for Venezuelan Migrants

    DHS has announced a new Parole Process for Venezuelans seeking to enter the U.S. The U.S. and Mexican governments are also taking new measures to address irregular migration.

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  • [UPDATED] USCIS Extends Green Card Renewal Validity to 24 Months

    [UPDATED] USCIS Extends Green Card Renewal Validity to 24 Months

    USCIS is now automatically extending the validity of green cards (Lawful Permanent Residence Cards) to 24 months instead of the previous 12 months.

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  • DHS Issues Final Rule to Preserve and Fortify DACA Policy

    DHS Issues Final Rule to Preserve and Fortify DACA Policy

    On Aug. 30, 2022, DHS issued a final rule that will preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

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  • USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap

    USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap

    USCIS has announced that it received enough petitions to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • [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

    In 2023, USCIS will expand premium processing to more categories and implement the final phase of premium processing for some categories.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

    On Nov. 21, 2022, USCIS updated the Ukraine humanitarian parole program for Ukrainians who are fleeing their country due to the ongoing armed conflict.

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