Immigration News and Policy Updates

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

  • President Biden Revokes Trump Administration’s Immigrant Visa Suspension

    President Biden Revokes Trump Administration’s Immigrant Visa Suspension

    Effective immediately, President Biden has revoked Proclamation 10014, which was issued by the Trump administration to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals into the U.S.

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  • USCIS Extends Premium Processing to E-3 Petitions

    USCIS Extends Premium Processing to E-3 Petitions

    USCIS announced that it has extended premium processing services to E-3 petitioners. The change is effective immediately & applies to Australian nationals performing services in a specialty occupation

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  • March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released by Department of State

    March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released by Department of State

    The Department of State has released the March 2021 Visa Bulletin. Priority cut-off dates advance in most employment-based categories.

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  • USCIS Announces Return to 2008 Naturalization Civics Test

    USCIS Announces Return to 2008 Naturalization Civics Test

    On March 1, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will return to using the 2008 version of its naturalization civics test.

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  • North American Border Closures Extended Through March 21, 2021

    North American Border Closures Extended Through March 21, 2021

    Due to COVID-19, U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border closures will be extended through March 21, 2021. The border closures were set to expire on February 21, 2021.

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  • President Biden Introduces U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in Congress

    President Biden Introduces U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in Congress

    President Biden has introduced a comprehensive reform bill, called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, in Congress. The bill proposes many employment-based changes.

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  • USCIS Announces Webinars for H-1B Electronic Registration Process

    USCIS Announces Webinars for H-1B Electronic Registration Process

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host two webinars on the H-1B electronic registration process. Registration is available through the USCIS Public Engagement webpage.

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  • U.S. Senators Durbin and Graham Introduce 2021 Dream Act

    U.S. Senators Durbin and Graham Introduce 2021 Dream Act

    On February 4, 2021, Senators Dick Durbin (D-ILL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the 2021 Dream Act as part of the Biden administration’s initiative for comprehensive immigration reform.

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  • USCIS to Open FY 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Electronic Registration on March 9, 2021

    USCIS to Open FY 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Electronic Registration on March 9, 2021

    USCIS will open the registration period for FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions on March 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST. The registration period will close on March 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST.

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  • USCIS Rescinds 2017 Policy Memo for H-1B Computer-Related Positions

    USCIS Rescinds 2017 Policy Memo for H-1B Computer-Related Positions

    USCIS rescinded a 2017 Memo on the adjudication of H-1B computer-related positions. The Memo won't be applied to any new or pending requests for H-1B classification, including appeals of denials.

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  • USCIS Releases Advance Copy of Final Rule Delaying Effective Date of Wage-Based H-1B Selection Process

    USCIS Releases Advance Copy of Final Rule Delaying Effective Date of Wage-Based H-1B Selection Process

    USCIS has delayed the effective date of the final rule for the wage-based H-1B selection process. The final rule will now take effect on Dec. 31, 2021 instead of Mar. 9, 2021.

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  • Alejandro Mayorkas Confirmed to Lead Department of Homeland Security

    Alejandro Mayorkas Confirmed to Lead Department of Homeland Security

    Alejandro Mayorkas assumed office on February 2, 2021 as the 7th U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

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  • President Biden Signs Three Executive Orders for Immigration Reform

    President Biden Signs Three Executive Orders for Immigration Reform

    President Biden has issued three executive orders to reform the U.S. immigration system. The executive orders address the Public Charge rule, naturalization, border control, and family reunification.

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  • Biden Administration Issues Memo Withdrawing the Proposed H-4 EAD Rescission Rule

    Biden Administration Issues Memo Withdrawing the Proposed H-4 EAD Rescission Rule

    On January 25, 2021, the Biden administration ordered the withdrawal of a proposed regulation titled “Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization"

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  • President Biden Revokes Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

    President Biden Revokes Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

    The Biden administration has issued a new executive order titled “Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.”

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  • DOL Delays Implementation of Prevailing Wage Rule Until May 14, 2021

    DOL Delays Implementation of Prevailing Wage Rule Until May 14, 2021

    On Feb. 1, 2021, the DOL's Employment and Training Administration will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing a delayed effective date for the proposed rule.

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  • USCIS Extends Flexibility Measures for Responding to Agency Requests

    USCIS Extends Flexibility Measures for Responding to Agency Requests

    USCIS is again extending the response period for certain requests, notices and decisions due to COVID-19. The measures were first introduced on March 20, 2020.

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  • DHS Confirms Compliance with Preliminary Injunctions Against USCIS Fee Rule

    DHS Confirms Compliance with Preliminary Injunctions Against USCIS Fee Rule

    On Jan. 29, 2021, the DHS issued a notice in the Federal Register stating its compliance with preliminary injunctions against the USCIS fee rule with effective date Oct. 2, 2020.

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  • Biden Administration Reinstates COVID-19 Travel Ban, Adds South Africa

    Biden Administration Reinstates COVID-19 Travel Ban, Adds South Africa

    President Biden issued a presidential proclamation that bans entry into the U.S. for travelers who were physically present in Brazil, Ireland, the UK, Schengen Area & South Africa in the past 14 days.

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  • Department of Labor Updates PERM and Prevailing Wage Processing Times

    Department of Labor Updates PERM and Prevailing Wage Processing Times

    The DOL has updated processing times for PWD and PERM applications through December 31, 2020.

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