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 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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  • USCIS Announces Closure of Biometrics Processing Unit in Alexandria, VA

    USCIS Announces Closure of Biometrics Processing Unit in Alexandria, VA

    USCIS has closed its Biometrics Processing Unit (BPU) in Alexandria, VA.

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  • USCIS Begins Second Round of Random Selections for FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS Begins Second Round of Random Selections for FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS has announced a second round of random selections for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap. Individuals with selected registrations will receive a selection notice in their myUSCIS account.

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

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

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

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  • Federal District Judge in Texas Halts DACA

    Federal District Judge in Texas Halts DACA

    A federal judge in Texas blocked the DACA program from moving forward. Current recipients are not affected, but new applications will not be accepted.

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  • August 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    August 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • DHS Announces Re-Designation and Extension of TPS for Yemen

    DHS Announces Re-Designation and Extension of TPS for Yemen

    The TPS extension and re-designation period for Yemen is effective for 18 months, starting on Sept. 4, 2021, and extending through March 3, 2023.

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  • USCIS Issues Updated Guidance for Certain Form I-9 Receipts

    USCIS Issues Updated Guidance for Certain Form I-9 Receipts

    USCIS has updated Form I-9 guidance for employers whose employees provide a receipt showing they applied to replace documentation that was stolen, lost or damaged.

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  • State Department Extends National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) Granted to Travelers Subject to COVID-19 Country Restrictions

    State Department Extends National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) Granted to Travelers Subject to COVID-19 Country Restrictions

    DOS announced NIEs granted in the past year are automatically extended for 12 months from date of approval and for multiple entries to the U.S. when used for the purpose for which they were granted.

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  • DHS Withdraws “Duration of Status” Rule

    DHS Withdraws “Duration of Status” Rule

    DHS has withdrawn a “duration of status” proposed rule that would have set a maximum period of stay for exchange visitors, foreign students and media personnel.

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  • DHS Releases Plans to Promote Naturalization

    DHS Releases Plans to Promote Naturalization

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released plans to promote naturalization with a comprehensive interagency task force.

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  • USCIS to Permit Resubmission of Certain FY 2021 H-1B Petitions Rejected Due to Start Date

    USCIS to Permit Resubmission of Certain FY 2021 H-1B Petitions Rejected Due to Start Date

    Starting June 23, 2021, USCIS will accept resubmissions for FY 2021 H-1B cap subject petitions that were closed or rejected because the requested start date was later than Oct. 1, 2020.

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  • North American Land Border Closures Extended Through July 21, 2021

    North American Land Border Closures Extended Through July 21, 2021

    Due to COVID-19, U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land borders will remain closed through July 21, 2021.

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  • USCIS Announces Office Closures on June 18, 2021

    USCIS Announces Office Closures on June 18, 2021

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday on June 18, 2021.

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  • July 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    July 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • USCIS Announces Limited Lockbox Filing Flexibilities Due to COVID-19

    USCIS Announces Limited Lockbox Filing Flexibilities Due to COVID-19

    USCIS announced that it will temporarily offer lockbox filing flexibilities for applicants and petitioners impacted by USCIS lockbox delays.

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  • USCIS Updates Guidance in Policy Manual to Improve Immigration Services

    USCIS Updates Guidance in Policy Manual to Improve Immigration Services

    USCIS has announced three updates to the USCIS Policy Manual to improve immigration services.

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  • 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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