Alerts
October 2020 Visa Bulletin Released
September 28, 2020

In the eve of fiscal year 2021, which begins October 1, 2020, all categories of the October visa bulletin – both Final Action and Date of Filing Charts - have advanced at a rapid pace. Please note, that USCIS has indicated that it will adopt Chart ...

Alerts
EIG Summary | Australia Prioritizes Specific Skilled Occupations as Exempt from the Travel Ban
September 2, 2020

Summary: Australia has announced a new "Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List," of 17 occupations which may be exempt from the travel ban into the country. Australia has now introduced an additional Labor Market Testing requirement that nominated positions must be advertised on the Government's Jobactive website, for overseas skilled ...

Alerts
National Interest Exceptions To Recent Presidential Proclamations
August 13, 2020

On August 12, 2020, the Department of State issued updated guidance regarding national interest exceptions noted in President Trump's proclamations suspending entry of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. As previously noted, those individuals in H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, J-2, L-1, and L-2 status who were in ...

Global News
The UK Home Office Releases Additional Information about the Post-Brexit Immigration System
July 16, 2020

On July 13, the UK the Home Office published a statement containing further details on the proposed new immigration system to begin on January 1, 2021, after the Brexit transition period. The new immigration system will apply to both EU citizens and non-EU citizens. The visa ...

Alerts
Trump Administration Rescinds Rule on Foreign National Students and Online Courses
July 15, 2020

On Tuesday, the Trump administration stepped back from a policy position introduced on July 6 that would have put foreign national students studying in the US at risk of losing their visas if their coursework was online only. The outcome of such a policy would have forced ...

Alerts
Alert: ICE Modifies SEVP Temporary Exemptions to Restrict Foreign Students from Online Courses amid COVID
July 7, 2020

The United States — The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications to the temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to publish the procedures and ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
The EU Formalizes list of "Safe" Countries as Borders Reopen
June 30, 2020

On Tuesday, a day before the July 1 reopen date, the European Union officially announced the list of countries deemed "safe" for non-essential travel into the EU bloc. As of July 1, the list of permitted countries for business and leisure travel includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, ...

Alerts
EU Adds US to Travel Ban Due to the Coronavirus
June 26, 2020

BRUSSELS — In an effort to safely and freely reopen the borders between the 27 EU member states after more than three months of restrictions, the EU has determined which countries and travelers are safe to enter the EU. Early reports indicate that travelers from Algeria, Australia, ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020

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

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | April 27, 2020
April 29, 2020

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

Alerts
Breaking News | President Trump Releases New Immigration Executive Order
April 23, 2020

As we anticipated, the President released today at 7:00 PM EST, a proclamation titled: "Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak". Summary: No impact to both immigrant and nonimmigrant employment-based immigration processes for individuals ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | April 6, 2020
April 6, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group continues to provide country by country updates with the various COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Past updates are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're all in this together. International Updates China | ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | April 3, 2020
April 3, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group continues to provide country by country updates with the various COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Past updates are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're all in this together.   International Updates Argentina | ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group continues to provide country by country updates with the various COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Past updates are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're all in this together. From Politico: At ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | April 1, 2020
April 1, 2020

Over the last two weeks, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020

Over the last two weeks, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020

Over the last two weeks, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Entry Restrictions into Canada Related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19
March 30, 2020

As of Monday, March 30, the Canadian government released new restrictions and permissions for entry in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. At this time, all passengers listed in the below exemptions will need to pass a health check before they’re ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 27, 2020
March 28, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
USCIS Announces H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed
March 27, 2020

On Friday, March 27, USCIS announced it had received enough H-1B electronic registrations to satisfy the FY21 H-1B allocations (the H-1B cap). USCIS will now notify the petitioners with selected registrations by March 31, 2020. Selected registrants are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 26, 2020
March 27, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. International Updates Chile | The government has decreed a mandatory quarantine for every Chilean or foreign citizen ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. International Updates Canada | Early Wednesday, Canada's House of Commons approved a $27 billion Canadian ($18.8 billion) ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. International Updates China | Hubei province announced that travel restrictions on the capital city of Wuhan would ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
FAQ for SEVP Stakeholders, SEVP-Certified Schools, and F and M Students
March 24, 2020

On March 23, USCIS released a FAQ to address the impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19 on SEVP-certified schools and F and M students. The full update is available here. Non-Immigrant Students While the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place, the following changes and requirements apply ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020

As COVID-19 impacts the United States and countries around the globe, EIG is sending global digests to inform our clients of all the developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. International Updates Bolivia | All international flights in and ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 22, 2020
March 22, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. International Updates Bangladesh | Effective March 22 - 31, most international passenger flights are suspended, except routes ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 21, 2020
March 21, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. The reports from this past week are available here. International Updates Canada, Mexico, and the US | As previously reported, the US borders with Canada and ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020

All week, EIG has sent global digests to inform our clients of all the COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Those daily reports are available here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. International Updates Australia | The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced yesterday that a travel ban would ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 19, 2020
March 19, 2020

As COVID-19 impacts the United States and countries around the globe, EIG is sending global digests to inform our clients of all the developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Wednesday's update is available at this link.  March 19, 2020 BREAKING | The United States State Department issued ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 18, 2020
March 18, 2020

As COVID-19 impacts the United States and countries around the globe, EIG is sending global digests to inform our clients of all the developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Tuesday’s update is available at this link.  March 18, 2020 Argentina | Effective March 17, for two weeks, ...