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.

  • Updated: U.S. Imposes New Travel Restrictions Due to Emerging Omicron Covid Variant

    Updated: U.S. Imposes New Travel Restrictions Due to Emerging Omicron Covid Variant

    A new travel restriction bars most foreign nationals from entry into the U.S. if they have been physically present in South Africa or seven other southern African countries in the past 14 days.

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  • USCIS Conducts Third Random Selection From FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS Conducts Third Random Selection From FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS has announced a third random selection for H-1B cap registrations. The filing period for petitions will start on November 22, 2021 and end on February 23, 2022.

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  • December 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    December 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the December 2021 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing Chart for employment-based categories.

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  • Updated: Settlement Changes USCIS Recognition of Work Authorization for H-4 and L-2 EADs

    Updated: Settlement Changes USCIS Recognition of Work Authorization for H-4 and L-2 EADs

    Following a recent settlement, USCIS will expand eligibility for employment authorization for L-2 spouses and certain H-4 spouses.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions for Noncitizen Travelers Entering the U.S. Starting November 8

    Frequently Asked Questions for Noncitizen Travelers Entering the U.S. Starting November 8

    Information in this FAQ is intended to supplement information detailed in Envoy Global’s blog article on the official Nov. 8 U.S. travel announcement.

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  • ICE Updates Guidance for Form I-20 Electronic Signatures and Transmissions

    ICE Updates Guidance for Form I-20 Electronic Signatures and Transmissions

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has updated policy guidance on the use of electronic signatures and transmission for Form I-20.

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  • White House Officially Releases New COVID-19 Travel Guidance for Travelers Entering U.S.

    White House Officially Releases New COVID-19 Travel Guidance for Travelers Entering U.S.

    The U.S. government has released official guidance for travelers to safely resume global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic that is primarily focused on vaccination.

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  • What is Visa Retrogression?

    What is Visa Retrogression?

    As noted in our November 2021 Visa Bulletin post, significant retrogression related to the EB-3 category occurred.

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  • Delays Updated for Passport Services

    Delays Updated for Passport Services

    The U.S. Department of State has provided updates on delays related to passport services.

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  • November  2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    November  2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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

    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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