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Hong Kong Residents on U.S. Deferred Enforced Departure Can Apply for Employment Authorization

Instructions allowing Hong Kong Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries to apply for employment authorization have been published in the Federal Register. On August 5, 2021, President Biden granted DED for certain eligible residents of Hong Kong for 18 months, until February 5, 2023, and directed that instructions on how to apply for employment authorization be... Continue Reading
October 22, 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 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 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

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

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

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

Update on Northern and Southern Border Travel Restrictions

In a tweet on August 20, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced that: “To minimize the spread of COVID19, including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossing with Canada and Mexico through September 21, while continuing to ensure the flow of essential trade... Continue Reading
August 20, 2021

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