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White House: All Foreign Nationals Flying to the U.S. Required to be Vaccinated – Some Regional COVID Travel Bans to be Waived

The White House announced on September 20, 2021, that all foreign nationals will be required to show proof of full COVID vaccination to board a flight to the United States. Some exceptions may apply to children, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, and individuals traveling for important reasons who lack access to a vaccine in a […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, read about the Senate parliamentarian’s rejection of inclusion of immigration language in $3.5 trillion bill, a district court vacating the H-1B lottery wage-based final rule, the State Department announcing a tiered triage of immigrant visa applications at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and more. Senate Parliamentarian Rejects Inclusion of Immigration Language in $3.5 […]

Family Reunited After Mandamus Lawsuit Against U.S. Consulate Proves Successful

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) operations have been constrained by the global COVID pandemic, and consular backlogs have become the norm over the past 18 months.  This is bad news for persons seeking visas, and particularly difficult for visa applicants languishing in “administrative processing.” It appears that many of these cases are put on […]

Technology is Key for HR to Manage Fast Growth

Fluctuating immigration policies and unpredictable COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in a need for improved communication tools, propelling organizations – including HR departments – into the future of work. With the job market in sectors like Life Sciences expected to grow 7% by 2028, effective technology will be a key enabler to address both HR and […]

U.S. Embassies & Consulates: September Update on Closures & Re-Openings

Impacting foreign workers, immigrants, and international students, the suspension of consular services has been one of the most disruptive features of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This report provides an update on the re-opening and continued closures of high-traffic U.S. embassies and consulates in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Brazil While routine nonimmigrant […]

H-1B Denials Are Dropping. What’s the Long-Term Outlook?

According to reports, many H-1B petitions for highly skilled and qualified workers were denied over the four years of the Trump administration, often for reasons courts have deemed illegal. H-1B visa denials grew to high rates under the Trump administration—roughly one out of every four for initial employment in fiscal year (FY) 2018 were denied, […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, read about the new House budget reconciliation bill that includes immigration provisions, a report that the USCIS is expediting Afghan petitions, the USCIS extending evidence of status for conditional permanent residents to 24 Months with pending form I-751 or I-829, and more. House Budget Reconciliation Bill Includes Immigration Provisions The proposed House of […]

Immigration Compliance: Beware of Being TOO Diligent

In a new settlement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a civil penalty of $84,832, along with training and monitoring requirements, on Ascension Health Alliance, a Missouri-based health care organization with more than 2,600 sites, including 146 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension was […]

Creating a Path to Citizenship: Update on President Biden’s Legislative Proposal for Immigration Reform

Within his first 100 days of office, President Biden introduced a 353-page comprehensive immigration reform bill that would provide a path to citizenship to undocumented children, address the root causes of migration, make efforts to responsibly manage the southern border, reform the immigrant visa system, and serve other goals. But what are the odds that […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, read about the DHS extending I-9 flexibility to end of December, the State Department releasing guidance on immigrant visa prioritization, the DHS and OFLC releasing Hurricane Ida-related guidance, and more. DHS Extends I-9 Flexibility to End of December The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an extension until December 31, 2021, of […]

Financial Upswing in Biotech and Pharma Drives Hiring Influx

The #GreatResignation is impacting more companies each day. With an increase in career transitions among skilled workers, companies are scrambling to reallocate funds and expand budgets for recruiting, salary increases, additional benefits, and to introduce creative positions that might attract high caliber employees. In the startup world, the well-chronicled capitalization craze is driving growth – […]

UNITED KINGDOM: Coronavirus Restrictions for Travelers to England, and Right-to-Work Checks

Coronavirus Restrictions Travelers to England from amber and red list countries must self-isolate on arrival for 10 days. Where the criteria are met, senior executives (board directors or equivalent) arriving in England from an amber list country can be temporarily exempt from the self-isolation requirements where they are carrying out activities of significant economic benefit […]