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USCIS Temporarily Waives 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures

Applicants for Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence will have more than 60 days after completing their medical examinations to file their Forms I-485 Adjustment of Status applications, USCIS has announced. Due to COVID-19-related delays, USCIS has temporarily waived the requirement that a civil surgeon sign the Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination... Continue Reading
December 16, 2021

New U.S. Requirements for International Travel in Response to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

In response to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Administration is expanding COVID-19 mitigation and tightening international travel requirements. All individuals (including U.S. citizens) entering the United States from abroad will have to be fully vaccinated and present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of their departure. Previously, individuals were required to be fully... Continue Reading
December 13, 2021

DHS Proposes Adding Mandatory Social Media Information to ESTA Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it plans to add mandatory social media collection to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) process. ESTA is an automated online system that makes an initial determination about a visitor’s eligibility to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows individuals... Continue Reading
December 7, 2021

Jackson Lewis Guides Olympic Bobsledder Kaillie Humphries to U.S. Citizenship

Through a joint effort of our immigration team headed by John Exner in our Los Angeles office and our sports industry group led by Gregg Clifton in our Phoenix office, Jackson Lewis was able to guide Olympic bobsledder Kaillie Humphries to U.S. citizenship just in time for her to qualify to compete on the U.S.... Continue Reading
December 6, 2021

Major Immigration Law Changes in House’s Build Back Better Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) (H.R. 5376) by a vote of 220–213. Supported by the Biden Administration and congressional Democrats, the controversial bill heads to the Senate with key immigration reform provisions. Lawful Permanent Residence Section 60001 of the BBBA includes language that would amend the Immigration and... Continue Reading
December 3, 2021

USCIS Reaches Settlement Agreement for H-1B Petitions in Madkudu v. USCIS

USCIS entered into a settlement agreement in Madkudu v. USCIS that may signal changes in how USCIS will determine which positions qualify as a “specialty occupation” for H-1B purposes. During the Trump Administration, USCIS often denied cases because more than one degree would meet the requirements for the position. The Madkudu case specifically puts that... Continue Reading
December 2, 2021

Countries Respond to COVID-19 Omicron Variant with New Travel Restrictions

As governments and people all over the world await more scientific data about the transmissibility and danger of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, countries are quickly issuing travel restrictions – primarily restricting travel from southern Africa. The restrictions vary from full border closures to suspending flights, enforcing quarantines, restricting arrivals, and requiring testing. The list will... Continue Reading
December 2, 2021

New COVID-19 Restrictions in Response to Omicron Variant

The Administration has imposed new restrictions beginning November 29, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET on individuals travelling to the United States from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawai, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe (the “South African restrictions”) in response to the appearance of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. These restrictions go into effect just three weeks after... Continue Reading
November 29, 2021

Delays at U.S. Passport Agencies Continue

U.S. passport agencies maintained extremely limited operations as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were significant delays, application status could not even be checked online and people were encouraged to wait to apply until normal operations resumed absent life or death emergencies. In June 2020, the agency started resuming regular operations with a backlog of... Continue Reading
November 17, 2021

H-1B, L-1 Update: USCIS Adopts Policy Changes

Nonimmigrant spouses of H-1B and L-1 visa holders with long-pending EAD applications have finally received some relief. Based upon a settlement in Shergill v. Mayokas, USCIS is making major policy changes. Going forward, certain H-4 spouses with pending EAD applications will be entitled to 180-day automatic extensions of their EAD cards and L-2 spouses will... Continue Reading
November 11, 2021