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Immigration Update

In the news this issue you’ll read about the refugee cap being raised, withdrawal of a Trump administration proposed rule regarding biometrics use, and relief for asylum applicants waiting for work authorization. President Biden Raises Refugee Cap to 62,500 in FY 2021 President Joe Biden revised the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, read about the limits on visa services for India, NIE expansion, USCIS deference, and more! President Biden Suspends Entry of Noncitizens/Non-LPRs Traveling From India; U.S. Mission in India Announces Limits on Visa Services President Biden has issued a proclamation suspending the entry of non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within India during […]

Immigration Update

Please see below for updates and changes from SSA, DHS, ICE and CBP! SSA Ends “No-Match” Letters Good news!  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has ended the practice of sending employers “no-match” letters, called Employer Correction Request Notices. SSA said it will instead work to make it better, easier and more convenient for employers to […]

Immigration Update

More news this month about visa processing backlogs as well as news from Washington DC about the refugee cap, and more. State Dept. Releases FAQ on Immigrant Visa Backlog and Consular Processing The Department of State has recently issued an FAQ on the immigrant visa backlog and consular processing. The FAQ notes that the immigrant […]

Immigration Update

In this issue, you will find updates from the DOS regarding visa services guidance and slightly expanded national interest exceptions for the regional COVID travel bans. Both are good news. CBP reminds us what documents a resident will need to board a plane returning to the U.S. and Vice President Kamala Harris will lead efforts […]

‘Dreamers’ and Farmworker Bills Pass House; Fate in Senate Uncertain

On March 18, 2021, two bills that would create a legalization pathway for “Dreamers” and for farmworkers (H-2A temporary agricultural workers) received bipartisan support and passed in the House of Representatives. Passage in the Senate is uncertain, however. According to observers, prospects for both bills in their current form seem dim. Some believe that the […]

President Biden Revokes Trump-Era Ban on Entry of Many Immigrants; State Dept. Instructs Exceptions to Nonimmigrant Ban

On February 24, 2021, President Biden revoked former President Trump’s proclamation issued in April 2020 that banned many immigrants from entering the United States. Biden Proclamation Revoking Immigrant Ban President Biden’s proclamation states that the Trump-era ban, whose stated purpose was to prevent entry by those who presented a risk to the U.S. labor market […]

President Biden Revokes Trump-Era Ban on Entry of Many Immigrants; State Dept. Instructs Exceptions to Nonimmigrant Ban

On February 24, 2021, President Biden revoked former President Trump’s proclamation issued in April 2020 that banned many immigrants from entering the United States. Biden Proclamation Revoking Immigrant Ban President Biden’s proclamation states that the Trump-era ban, whose stated purpose was to prevent entry by those who presented a risk to the U.S. labor market […]

HR’s Most Common Immigration Pain Points

Human resources professionals have their hands full managing the needs of their workforce, including helping employees through the work visa process. Foreign talent is a critical component for U.S. companies, especially those driving innovation in sectors that rely on a highly skilled and creative workforce. Since there are considerable gaps in expertise, particularly in STEM […]

DOL Proposes to Delay Effective Date of H-1B/PERM Wage Rule Until May

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has proposed to delay the effective date of a Trump administration rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.” The implementation of the rule published in January will now be delayed until May 14, 2021. The notice states […]

USCIS Rescinds 2017 Policy Memorandum on H-1B Computer-Related Positions

On February 3, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rescinded PM-602-0142, “Rescission of the December 22, 2000 ‘Guidance memo on H-1B computer related positions.’ ” USCIS said its officers should not apply the rescinded memo “to any pending or new requests for H-1B classification, including motions and appeals of revocations and denials of H-1B classification,” […]

Good News for H-1B Applicants as Biden Administration Delays Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1Bs

Many H-1B applicants were extremely concerned about the prior administration’s proposed wage-based section system that would disadvantage recent U.S. graduates and certain professionals in favor of applicants with the higher paid jobs. DHS has indicated it will delay the effective date of the final rule titled “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File […]