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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the H-1B Cap Season ... and Alternatives
February 18, 2021

With the H-1B cap lottery quickly approaching, the Immigration Nerds podcast answers the most frequently asked questions regarding the process for this year, “last chance” options and alternatives, and how travelers should prepare. The Immigration Nerds are joined by Erickson Immigration Group managing attorney Naianka ...

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New Restrictions in Place for Travel to Canada
February 18, 2021

To control the coronavirus's spread, new public health measures for air and land travelers to Canada will go into effect as of February 22, 2021. Recent Updates: As of January 7, 2021, all air travelers to Canada 5 years or older (regardless of citizenship or place ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | February 16, 2021
February 16, 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 ...

US News
State Department to Exempt International Students from Travel Restrictions
February 12, 2021

The State Department announced yesterday, February 11, 2021, that international students holding valid F-1 or M-1 visas would be granted national interest exemptions to President Biden's presidential proclamation on January 25, which suspended entry for travelers coming directly from Europe, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds Talk About the Upcoming H-1B Cap Season
February 12, 2021

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would not be applying the H-1B Selection final rule introduced on January 7 by the Trump Administration to the upcoming H-1B registration period, which begins in March. The Trump administration’s rule, set to have gone into ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | February 11, 2021
February 11, 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 ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global COVID Update | February 9, 2021
February 9, 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 Delays Trump Administration's H-1B Selection Final Rule Until Year's End
February 5, 2021

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would not be applying the H-1B Selection final rule introduced on January 7 by the Trump Administration to the upcoming H-1B registration period, which begins in March.  The Trump administration’s rule, set to go into effect ...

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Immigration Nerds Explain the Biden Administration's New Immigration Executive Orders
February 5, 2021

On Tuesday, February 2, President Joe Biden signed three major executive orders undoing or reversing immigration policies from the Trump Administration. In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we explain each of the order's strategic aims and impact, whose involved, and the timelines.  

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EIG US and Global Update | February 4, 2021
February 4, 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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EIG US and Global Update | February 2, 2021
February 3, 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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Visa Changes in Ireland due to COVID-19
February 1, 2021

On Wednesday, January 27, the government imposed new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa. Following these requirements, INIS has announced a decision to stop accepting new visa/preclearance applications as of January 29, 2021. It is currently against the ...

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New Public Health Measures for International Travel to Canada
February 1, 2021

The Federal Government announced on Friday that it is increasing measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19 from international travel to Canada.  Specifically: As of January 31, 2021, Canada is suspending flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30. Arrangements are being made to bring home ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global Update | January 28, 2021
January 29, 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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UK Citizens Returning from 30 Countries to Have Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
January 27, 2021

On Wednesday, parliament announced new public health measures in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent any other mutations from entering the country. For those wanting to travel from the UK: Travelers without a valid reason for traveling will be denied and may be fined. ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global Update | January 26, 2021
January 26, 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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February 2021 Visa Bulletin Released
January 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of State released the February 2021 Visa Bulletin. The USCIS has indicated that it will accept adjustment of status applications pursuant to Final Action Dates (Chart A) for February 2021. For more information, please visit the USCIS website. FINAL ACTION DATES (Chart A): The employment-based categories in the Final Action Dates (Chart A) remained largely ...

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EIG US and Global Update | January 22, 2021
January 22, 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 ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
President Biden signs "Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel"
January 22, 2021

On Thursday, January 21, President Joseph R. Biden signed “Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.” The executive order outlines measures to prevent the ongoing spread of COVID-19, particularly as it relates to travel within the United States and to the United ...

US News
Biden Administration to Introduce Immigration Legislation on Day 1
January 20, 2021

On Monday night, the Biden transition team announced that President-elect Joe Biden would introduce a significant immigration legislative package on his first day in office, Wednesday, January 20, 2021. According to reports from within the transition team, President-elect Biden's multi-faceted plan includes the following: Legal Immigration ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global Update | January 12, 2021
January 13, 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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Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule to Raise Wage Requirements for High-Skilled Worker Visas
January 12, 2021

The US Labor Department announced a new final rule on Tuesday that would raise the wage requirements for foreign nationals with high-skilled worker visas. DOL's new final rule follows earlier attempts to raise the prevailing wage rates. As recently as December 2020, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG US and Global Update | January 8, 2021
January 8, 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 ...