US News
DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals
March 19, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and re-designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 31, 2021, through September 30, 2022. The extension allows approximately 6,700 current beneficiaries to re-register and retain TPS through September ...

Global News
France Updates Travel Guidance and Green List
March 19, 2021

As of March 18, the French government has updated its travel guidance and public health measures for foreign national arrivals. Travelers comings from the "European space" — EU Member States, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Switzerland — may enter France ...

US News
DOL Proposes Extending Delay on Prevailing Wage Rule
March 18, 2021

Proposed Changes  The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed delaying the effective date of the rule ‘Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States by 18 months. This prevailing wage rule was put forward in the final weeks of the Trump administration. As ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these updates to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Global News
UK Immigration Alert: Documents to be Held on File After Sponsorship
March 17, 2021

The UK Home Office issued a change in guidance yesterday regarding documents that should be kept on file following the sponsorship of a Skilled Worker or a Temporary Worker. For some Tier 2 (General) applications filed before December 1, 2020, it was necessary to advertise the role for 28 days as ...

US News
USCIS Announces They May Reopen Previously Denied H-1B Petitions
March 17, 2021

On Friday, March 12, USCIS announced they may reopen H-1B petitions denied under three rescinded policy memos. If a denial decision was based on one or more of the rescinded policies listed: “Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for Adjudication of H-1B Petitions, Including Third-Party Site Placements” issued, ...

US News
DHS Extends In-Person Interview Flexibility
March 16, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the ...

US News
DHS Designates Burma for Temporary Protected Status
March 13, 2021

On Friday, March 12, Secretary Mayorkas designated Burma for temporary protected status for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States are eligible for TPS. Individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 11, 2021, are ...

Alerts
April 2021 Visa Bulletin Released
March 12, 2021

The U.S. Department of State released the April 2021 Visa Bulletin. PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the USCIS has not indicated whether it will be using Chart A or Chart B for April 2021. For more information, please visit the USCIS website. FINAL ACTION DATES (Chart A): The employment-based categories in the Final Action Dates ...

Global News
Singapore | Change in Entry Approval Request Process
March 12, 2021

From March 15, 2021, at 9 am, all applications for entry for the following pass holders (including those on In-Principle Approval or Letter of Consent) must be submitted through the Safe Travel Office's (STO) SafeTravel portal: Employment Pass holders and their dependents S Pass holders and ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds Talk Policy from the POV of the US Chamber of Commerce
March 11, 2021

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we're joined by Jon Baselice, Executive Director of Immigration Policy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Baselice talks to Managing Director Justin Parsons and host Ian Gaines about the key legislative and regulatory policies the Chamber is advocating for ...

Alerts
DHS Will No Longer Defend Public Charge Rule; Supreme Court Dismisses Case
March 10, 2021

The Biden administration will not defend the widely opposed Public Charge rule that made it more difficult for immigrants who rely on, or who would rely on, public assistance to enter or gain legal status in the United States. The Trump administration introduced the Public Charge rule ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 9, 2021
March 10, 2021

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these updates to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

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DHS Extends TPS for Venezuelan Nationals
March 9, 2021

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security extended temporary protected status, TPS, to Venezuelan citizens living in the US. The 18-months of deportation relief is an extension of the short-term protections from the Trump administration. "The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable ...

Global News
UK Home Office Updates Immigration Rules for Graduate Students
March 8, 2021

The UK Home Office has released details of the key points of the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1248. The following summarizes the changes and what impact this new visa type may have on companies' hiring strategies for new graduates. Key points for the Post ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 4, 2021
March 5, 2021

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these updates to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
This Week in Immigration: Proclamation 10014 Revoked and the 2008 Naturalization Test
March 4, 2021

Tune in for a short recap of immigration news from the past week. In just a few minutes, we'll cover the suspension of Proclamation 10014, and who that will affect, and address the reasons why the administration has reverted the naturalization test to the 2008 ...

Alerts
Standing with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
March 4, 2021

Erickson Immigration Group strongly rejects racism, violence, and xenophobia in all forms and the stereotypes and misinformation that fuel it. A side effect of this past year must not be prejudice, fear, and hatred toward Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, or anyone. Learning from and sharing across cultures ...

Alerts
Singapore: Changes in Work Authorization for Dependent's Pass Holders
March 3, 2021

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has revised the work pass framework even further by removing the option of a Letter of Consent (LOC) for the employment of dependents in Singapore. This will take effect on May 1, 2021. Letter Of Consent Presently, dependents of Employment Pass and Personalised Employment ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | March 2, 2021
March 2, 2021

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these updates to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information ...

Global News
2021 - 2022 EU Blue Card Quota Updates
March 2, 2021

Erickson Immigration Group will continue to update this list as new data and updates are provided. Greece | The government has announced its EU Blue Card quota for 2021-2022, with an increase of 100 spots compared to previous quotas. In total, 380 spots are available in ...

US News
USCIS Reinstates 2008 Naturalization Civics Test
March 1, 2021

On March 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will reinstate the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test. As part of President Biden's EO on "Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems," the 2008 test makes the naturalization process more accessible to all applicants. The ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds Talk About How African Americans Turned "The American Dream" Into a Reality For All Americans
February 26, 2021

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….” As Black History Month comes to an end, we revisit a conversation with ...

Alerts
President Biden Revokes Trump's "Suspension of Entry of Immigrants" Proclamation
February 25, 2021

On Wednesday, President Biden revoked former President Donald Trump’s Proclamation 10014, Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, as well as the two extensions which followed, section ...

Alerts
March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released
February 25, 2021

The U.S. Department of State released the March 2021 Visa Bulletin. The USCIS has indicated that it will accept adjustment of status applications pursuant to Final Action Dates (Chart A) for March 2021. For more information, please visit the USCIS website. FINAL ACTION DATES (Chart A): The most significant movement forward is reported in the Final Action Dates for employment-based visa ...

US News
USCIS Extends Premium Processing for E-3 Petitions
February 24, 2021

From USCIS: Starting Feb. 24, 2021, petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting a change or extension of status to E-3 classification will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition. The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia who ...

Global News
China Updates Entry Procedures Related to COVID-19
February 23, 2021

As of February 6, from the date of issue, valid China residence permit holders (type: work, private affairs, and reunion) who want to fly to China must email their application materials to the Chinese Consulate for review and approval in advance.  Only with the approval ...

US News
Biden Administration Announces Major Immigration Bill
February 19, 2021

On Thursday, House Democrats introduced the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021,” a legislative package that follows through on President Joe Biden’s campaign promises and a proclamation from his first days in office.  The centerpiece of the bill is the earned path to citizenship for the 11 ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
India Issues New Guidelines for International Arrivals
February 19, 2021

India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued new guidelines for international arrivals. The Standard Operating Procedure will take effect from February 22, 2021 (23:59hours IST). The entry Airports for flight services would be decided by the Ministry of Civil Aviation based on the ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Spain Requires Quarantine for Travelers from Brazil and South Africa
February 19, 2021

The Spanish government has issued Order SND/133/2021, introducing a new 10-day quarantine requirement as a public health measure to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and variants for people coming to Spain from Brazil and South Africa. This period may be shortened if, on day ...