Immigration News and Policy Updates

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

  • DOL Delays Effective Date of Final Wage Rule

    DOL Delays Effective Date of Final Wage Rule

    The Department of Labor has published a final rule in the Federal Register to further delay the effective date of the prevailing wage rule.

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  • USCIS Announces Updates for Rescheduling Biometrics Appointments

    USCIS Announces Updates for Rescheduling Biometrics Appointments

    Effective May 12, 2021, USCIS is permitting individuals to reschedule their biometrics services appointment.

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  • DHS Plans to Continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program

    DHS Plans to Continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program

    DHS will issue a proposed rule to cancel the elimination of the International Entrepreneur (IE) Parole program.

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  • USCIS Expected to Suspend Biometrics Requirements for Certain Applications

    USCIS Expected to Suspend Biometrics Requirements for Certain Applications

    Effective May 17, 2021, USCIS is expected to remove biometrics requirements for certain dependent applicants filing Form I-539 including H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2 and E-3.

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  • State Department to Alleviate Immigrant Visa Application Backlogs with Tiered System

    State Department to Alleviate Immigrant Visa Application Backlogs with Tiered System

    The U.S. State Department has announced that it will begin using a tiered system at U.S. Embassies and Consulates to reduce immigrant visa application backlogs.

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  • ICE Extends COVID-19 Guidance for International Students Through 2021-22 Academic Year

    ICE Extends COVID-19 Guidance for International Students Through 2021-22 Academic Year

    ICE announced that it will continue to allow international students to take more courses online during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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  • Biden Announces New COVID-19 Travel Suspension for India

    Biden Announces New COVID-19 Travel Suspension for India

    President Biden is scheduled to impose a new COVID-19 travel restriction suspending all non-exempt travel from India to the U.S. The suspension will take effect on May 4, 2021 at 12:01am ET.

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  • USCIS Reinstates Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations When Adjudicating Extension Requests

    USCIS Reinstates Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations When Adjudicating Extension Requests

    USCIS has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual instructing officers to revert to long-standing guidance originally issued in 2004.

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  • May 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    May 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • USCIS Expands Online Filing for F-1 Students

    USCIS Expands Online Filing for F-1 Students

    USCIS announced that F-1 students seeking OPT can file their Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, electronically if they are filing in certain categories.

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  • State Department Expands National Interest Exception List

    State Department Expands National Interest Exception List

    The U.S. State Department has expanded its list of individuals who are eligible for a National Interest Exception.

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  • Biden Administration Cancels Presidential Proclamation 10052

    Biden Administration Cancels Presidential Proclamation 10052

    Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrants into the U.S., expired on March 31, 2021.

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  • USCIS Concludes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection

    USCIS Concludes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough initial electronic registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap, including the master’s cap.

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  • House Approves Two Immigration-Related Bills

    House Approves Two Immigration-Related Bills

    On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the House approved the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

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  • USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

    USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

    USCIS will restore text regarding the Public Charge Rule in the CFR to the version issued before August 2019

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  • April 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    April 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • USCIS May Reconsider H-1B Petitions Previously Denied Under Rescinded Policy Memos

    USCIS May Reconsider H-1B Petitions Previously Denied Under Rescinded Policy Memos

    USCIS announced that it may reconsider denials made on H-1B petitions if the denial was based on one of three rescinded policy memos.

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  • Interview Waiver Eligibility Extended for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

    Interview Waiver Eligibility Extended for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

    The State Department and DHS granted consular officers greater authority to waive in-person interview requirements for individuals who are applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.

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  • USCIS Releases Guidance on End of 2019 Public Charge Rule

    USCIS Releases Guidance on End of 2019 Public Charge Rule

    USCIS has issued guidance on the end of the 2019 Public Charge Rule’s application. Effective immediately, USCIS will apply Public Charge guidance put in place in 1999.

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  • PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

    PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

    The DOL has updated prevailing wage determination (PWD) and permanent labor certification (PERM) processing times.

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