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 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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  • President Biden Announces new Humanitarian Parole Program for Ukrainians

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • [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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • State Department Issues June 2022 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues June 2022 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has released the June 2022 Visa Bulletin. USCIS will use the Dates for Filing chart or Final Action Dates chart for employment-based and family-based categories.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    On Jan. 21, 2022, USCIS issued new policy guidance for certain O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement visas.

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  • DHS Expands STEM Program to Add More Fields of Study

    DHS Expands STEM Program to Add More Fields of Study

    DHS has published a notice in the Federal Register on Jan. 21, 2022 that adds 22 new qualifying fields of study to the STEM program.

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  • State Department Exempts Some Immigrant Visa Applicants from Fees

    State Department Exempts Some Immigrant Visa Applicants from Fees

    On Jan. 19, 2021, the State Department issued a final rule that exempts some immigrant visa applicants from paying visa application fees.

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  • State Department Issues February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has released the February 2022 Visa Bulletin, which will use either the Final Action Dates or the Dates for Filing chart based on USCIS's decision.

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  • State Department Proposes Fee Increases for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas and J-Waiver Fee

    State Department Proposes Fee Increases for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas and J-Waiver Fee

    The State Department has published a proposed rule to increase application processing fees for various visa applications at U.S. consulates around the world.

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  • DOS and DHS Waive Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

    DOS and DHS Waive Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

    DOS and DHS will waive the in-person interview requirement for some nonimmigrant visa applicants through 2022.

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