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State Department Cannot Stop Visa Adjudication Due to COVID-19 Travel Bans, Federal Judge Rules

The State Department cannot rely on presidential proclamations to refuse to adjudicate visas, Judge James E. Boasberg in the U.S. District Court for the D.C. District has held. Judge Boasberg said nothing about what the State Department needs to do in line with its opinion, but established that the Administration’s travel restrictions did not include... Continue Reading
October 12, 2021

Croatia to Join Visa Waiver Program

Croatia will be the 40th country to join the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This announcement was made by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas in coordination with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. No later than December 1, 2021, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which is the portal for the VWP, will... Continue Reading
October 6, 2021

Registration for FY 2023 Diversity Visa Lottery Opening October 6

Diversity Visa (DV) Electronic Registration for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 opens October 6, 2021, at noon ET and closes on November 9, 2021, at noon ET. There is no cost to register, but, if selected, applicants must pay the visa application or I-485 Adjustment of Status fees. Individuals born in certain countries are not eligible... Continue Reading
October 5, 2021

Administration Releasing New COVID-19 International Travel Policies for Individuals Flying Into U.S.

While not all the details are available, the Biden Administration is releasing more information about the lifting of the 14-day travel restrictions. Here is what is known so far: The 14-day travel restrictions on China, Iran, the UK and Ireland, the 26 Schengen Zone countries, Brazil, South Africa and India are scheduled to be lifted... Continue Reading
October 4, 2021

What Happens to the Immigration Agencies When the Government Shuts Down?

The country dodged a government shutdown at the end of September, but we may be faced with the same problem on December 3, 2021, when Congress will again have to fund the government. Because we often come close to a shutdown (and sometimes shutdowns happen), it is important to remember how a shutdown affects the... Continue Reading
October 1, 2021

Administration Proposes New DACA Rule

Reacting to a ruling from a federal district court judge in Texas, the Biden Administration proposed a new DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) rule that would strengthen protections for the “Dreamers.” DACA has been under attack since 2017, when the Trump Administration announced it would terminate the program. Litigation has prevented that from happening,... Continue Reading
September 29, 2021

O-1A Visas in Gaming: From the Programmer to the Athlete

In the competitive global video game industry, the United States remains at the forefront despite the recent rise in foreign gaming companies. Some of the most prestigious video gaming studios are located in the United States, and the battle among studios for elite talent to work on their breakout productions is fierce. Studios are forced... Continue Reading
September 23, 2021

Some Travel Restrictions to Relax for Fully Vaccinated in November, Administration Announces

As President Joe Biden travelled to a meeting of the United National General Assembly, the Administration announced that, in early November, COVID-19 travel restrictions would be relaxed for fully vaccinated travelers from all the previously restricted countries: the UK and Ireland, the 26 Schengen Zone countries, Brazil, China, India, Iran, and South Africa. The details... Continue Reading
September 20, 2021

Qualifying International Entrepreneurs Must Meet New Dollar Amounts Beginning October 2022

New dollar eligibility criteria for investment amounts, qualifying investors, and re-parole considerations under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) will take effect on October 1, 2022. The Biden Administration relaunched the IER in May to grow the economy through job creation. The IER makes it possible for certain promising start-up founders and entrepreneurs to come to... Continue Reading
September 16, 2021

CDC Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Applicants for Green Cards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that as of October 1, 2021, all applicants for Green Cards must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There are some exemptions from the requirement, but anyone who does not qualify for an exemption and refuses vaccination will be inadmissible. The COVID-19 vaccine joins the list of... Continue Reading
September 14, 2021