Immigration News and Policy Updates

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

  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against TPS as an Admission for Adjustment of Status

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against TPS as an Admission for Adjustment of Status

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals who entered the U.S. without permission cannot obtain status as permanent residents from within the U.S. through the TPS program.

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  • USCIS Updates COVID-19 Visitor Policy for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    USCIS Updates COVID-19 Visitor Policy for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    USCIS has updated its COVID-19 policy for in-person visitors.

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  • State Department and CBP Ease Passport Requirements for Returning U.S. Citizens

    State Department and CBP Ease Passport Requirements for Returning U.S. Citizens

    The U.S. State Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have announced that certain U.S. citizens may return to the country using expired passports.

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  • DHS to Announce Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Registration for Haitian Nationals

    DHS to Announce Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Registration for Haitian Nationals

    DHS has announced an 18-month extension of TPS designation for Haitian nationals. The designation will begin on the date that the notice is published in the Federal Register.

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  • DHS Opens Registration for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Burmese Nationals

    DHS Opens Registration for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Burmese Nationals

    DHS has announced that it will allow Burmese nationals to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

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  • June 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    June 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • DHS Removes Vacated H-1B Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations

    DHS Removes Vacated H-1B Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations

    The Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule in the Federal Register that removes an interim final rule.

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  • AILA Sues DHS to Enjoin H-1B Final Rule

    AILA Sues DHS to Enjoin H-1B Final Rule

    On May 17, 2021, a group of employers filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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  • President Biden Revokes Healthcare Proclamation 9945

    President Biden Revokes Healthcare Proclamation 9945

    President Biden has released a presidential proclamation revoking Proclamation 9945, which suspended the entry of immigrants who would “financially burden the U.S. healthcare system.”

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  • 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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  • 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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