Alerts
EIG Summary | DHS Proposes Changes to F, J, and I Nonimmigrant Status
September 28, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security through a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), is proposing to change the admission period of F, J, and I nonimmigrants from duration of status to an admission for a fixed time period. Previously: Nonimmigrants in the category of F, J, and I ...

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 ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
The US Changes In-Bound Entry Restrictions Related to the Coronavirus
September 11, 2020

On Wednesday, the CDC released a media alert outlining changes to the US government’s Entry Strategy for International Passengers. Beginning September 14, the government will suspend the requirements that directed flights carrying passengers from certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and the ...

Alerts
EIG Summary | DHS Proposes Increases to the Biometrics Data Collection
September 11, 2020

On Friday, September 4, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced a proposal that would allow the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to increase the biometric data the agency collects from immigrants. The proposal includes adding iris scans and facial recognition to the biometric ...

US News
USCIS Releases DACA Implementation Memo
August 25, 2020

On Monday, August 24, USCIS announced the implementation of official changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program first introduced in July. As outlined in the memo, first-time DACA applicants will be rejected, and existing DACA holders will have to renew their status ...

Alerts
USCIS Furloughs Canceled
August 25, 2020

Acting Head of USCIS Joseph Edlow has confirmed that USCIS will not proceed with furloughing 70% of its staff at the end of the month.  The agency still requires congressional intervention to sustain it through fiscal year 2021, and a furlough may still be a ...

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 ...

Alerts
Summary and Analysis on President Trump's Executive Order to Prioritize American Workers for Federal Contracts
August 3, 2020

On Monday, August 3, President Donald Trump released an "Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers to prioritize American workers." The stated goal of the EO is to create a policy where Federal agencies prioritize US labor for new ...

US News
Trump Administration Limits DACA Following Supreme Court Decision in June
July 28, 2020

On Tuesday, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memo to announce plans to further limit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As outlined in the memo, the Trump Administration will continue to reject new requests and will limit renewals to less ...

Alerts
This Week in Immigration: Updates on Recent Proclamations, Executive Orders, and Policies
July 17, 2020

Update for the Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak On July 16, 2020, the State Department confirmed that spouses and children of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa holders would be exempt from the June ...

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 ...

US News
USCIS will Furlough Staff in August
July 14, 2020

Beginning August 3, USCIS will furlough employees for up to 90 days in an effort to address a budget shortfall. The furloughs will likely cause delays and longer wait times for applications and filings. Additionally, the Ombudsman Office, whose "key statutory function is assisting individuals and ...

US News
Temporary Entry Provisions between the United States, Canada, and Mexico in USMCA
July 7, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA) took effect, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  While immigration was a subject of negotiations, few changes appear in Chapter 16 (Temporary Entry), which ...

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 ...

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, ...

Alerts
Supreme Court Rules in favor of DACA, for a big win for 'Dreamers'
June 18, 2020

Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This immigration program allows certain minor immigrants to stay in the US, avoiding deportation, go to school and receive work permits. At the height of the program, there ...

Alerts
ICE Extends Flexibility in Form I-9 Compliance Rules
June 17, 2020

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that the relaxed rules for Form I-9 compliance, implemented earlier this year, would be extended to July 19. On March 19, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would defer the physical presence requirements associated with ...

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 ...

Alerts
President Trump Announces Executive Order to Temporarily Suspend Immigration
April 21, 2020

At 6:00 PM EST today, President Trump held a press conference and confirmed the impact of the Immigration Suspension he tweeted about yesterday and the contents of the Executive Order. According to the President, the EO will effectuate a 60-day suspension on immigrant visa cases, subject ...

Alerts
Trump Tweets He'll 'Suspend Immigration'
April 21, 2020

Late Monday night, via Twitter, President Donald Trump said he would be signing an executive order to suspend immigration into the United States temporarily. At this time, there are no updates from the Department of Homeland Security or details on what such an executive order ...

US News
USCIS Announces Delays for H-1B Processing
April 13, 2020

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there would be data processing delays for the H-1B FY 2021 cap season. The 90-day filing period began on April 1. According to the stakeholder message, USCIS: Filings received since ...

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 ...