Immigration News and Policy Updates

The latest news and policy updates from Envoy Global and our affiliated law firms, Global Immigration Associates and Corporate Immigration Partners.

  • USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2022

    (USCIS) announced that it has received enough H-2B petitions for temporary nonagricultural workers to meet the congressionally mandated cap for the first half of FY 2022

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  • Diversity Visa Lottery for FY 2023 Now Open

    Diversity Visa Lottery for FY 2023 Now Open

    The State Department has announced that registration has opened for the 2023 Diversity Visa lottery.

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  • Federal Judge Orders Visa Processing to Continue During Travel Bans

    Federal Judge Orders Visa Processing to Continue During Travel Bans

    The State Department must continue processing visas for eligible travelers while COVID-related travel bans are in effect

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  • Government Shutdown Looms; Immigration Processes May Be Affected

    Government Shutdown Looms; Immigration Processes May Be Affected

    A stopgap measure or FY2022 spending legislation must pass by Oct. 1, 2021 to avoid the government shutdown.

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  • U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

    U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

    Due to COVID-19, the U.S. government will extend existing U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land border closures through Oct. 21, 2021.

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  • Updated: Fully Vaccinated Travelers May Enter the U.S. November 8

    Updated: Fully Vaccinated Travelers May Enter the U.S. November 8

    The Biden administration will announce that fully vaccinated visa holders may enter the U.S. starting in November regardless of origin.

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  • Federal Judge Sets Aside H-1B Lottery Prioritization Rule

    Federal Judge Sets Aside H-1B Lottery Prioritization Rule

    On Sept. 15, 2021, a federal judge set aside a regulation that was scheduled to replace the current H-1B wage-based selection process.

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  • In-Person Interview Waivers Expanded for F, J and M Visa Applicants

    In-Person Interview Waivers Expanded for F, J and M Visa Applicants

    The State Department has expanded an existing policy to waive in-person interviews for visa applicants due to COVID-19. The policy now extends to F, M and academic J applicants.

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  • October 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department 

    October 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department 

    The State Department has released the October 2021 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing Chart.

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  • USCIS Updates Policies for Visitors to Field Offices

    USCIS Updates Policies for Visitors to Field Offices

    USCIS has provided updates for visitors to its field offices due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • CDC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Immigrant Visa and Green Card Applicants

    CDC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Immigrant Visa and Green Card Applicants

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon require full COVID-19 vaccination for immigrant visa and green card applicants.

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  • USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for FY 2021

    USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for FY 2021

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the limit for cap-subject H-2B petitions for returning workers in FY 2021.

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  • Department of Homeland Security Seeks Public Comments for Public Charge Rulemaking

    Department of Homeland Security Seeks Public Comments for Public Charge Rulemaking

    DHS is seeking public comments on the controversial public charge rule.

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  • U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

    U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

    The U.S. government will extend existing U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land border closures through Sept. 21, 2021.

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  • USCIS Announces Settlement Agreement in “No Blank Space Rejection Policy” Case

    USCIS Announces Settlement Agreement in “No Blank Space Rejection Policy” Case

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached a settlement agreement in its "Blank Space Rejection Policy" case.

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  • September 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    September 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the September 2021 Visa Bulletin, which brings advancement in multiple employment-based categories.

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  • CDC Adds More Countries to “Level 4” Risk Category for COVID-19

    CDC Adds More Countries to “Level 4” Risk Category for COVID-19

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added additional countries to its list of destinations to avoid due to COVID-19.

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  • USCIS will Accept SSN Requests with Green Card Applications

    USCIS will Accept SSN Requests with Green Card Applications

    Individuals can now apply for a new SSN or a replacement card as part of their green card application.

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  • USCIS Updates Form I-485 for Applicants to Request a New Social Security Card

    USCIS Updates Form I-485 for Applicants to Request a New Social Security Card

    USCIS and the SSA will allow eligible applicants to apply for a new Social Security number or replacement Social Security card using the new Form I-485.

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  • USCIS Permits Some TPS Applicants to File Initial Applications Online

    USCIS Permits Some TPS Applicants to File Initial Applications Online

    USCIS has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants from five countries can submit their initial TPS applications online.

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