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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

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

Nov. 8 Marks Lifting of Some U.S. COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions

As of 12:01 a.m. ET on November 8, 2021, the United States’ country-specific 14-day COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been so troublesome and disruptive for individuals and businesses will be eliminated. Instead, protecting the country from COVID-19 will focus on vaccination status. President Joe Biden’s “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During... Continue Reading…
October 29, 2021

Nov. 8 Marks Lifting of Some U.S. COVID-19 International Travel Restrictions

As of 12:01 a.m. ET on November 8, 2021, the United States’ country-specific 14-day COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been so troublesome and disruptive for individuals and businesses will be eliminated. Instead, protecting the country from COVID-19 will focus on vaccination status. President Joe Biden’s “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel... Continue Reading
October 29, 2021

DHS Seeks Comments on I-9 Process

The decades-old I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process may be in for some changes. The Department of Homeland Security is requesting “public input” regarding the document examination process. Employers interested in the permanent continuation of Form I-9 flexibility might be encouraged by the agency’s official announcement on October 26, 2021. While the request is for “information... Continue Reading…
October 28, 2021

DHS Seeks Comments on I-9 Process

The decades-old I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process may be in for some changes. The Department of Homeland Security is requesting “public input” regarding the document examination process. Employers interested in the permanent continuation of Form I-9 flexibility might be encouraged by the agency’s official announcement on October 26, 2021. While the request is for “information... Continue Reading
October 26, 2021

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Set to Relax for Fully Vaccinated

As long as they can show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, foreign travelers will be allowed to visit the United States beginning November 8, 2021, according to the Biden Administration. Until now, we knew only that the 14-day travel restrictions and the northern and southern border restrictions would be lifted sometime in November.... Continue Reading…
October 22, 2021

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Set to Relax for Fully Vaccinated

As long as they can show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, foreign travelers will be allowed to visit the United States beginning November 8, 2021, according to the Biden Administration. Until now, we knew only that the 14-day travel restrictions and the northern and southern border restrictions would be lifted sometime in November.... Continue Reading
October 15, 2021

DHS Secretary Orders Discontinuation of Mass Worksite Enforcement Operations

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro N. Mayorkas has issued a policy directive to immediately discontinue mass worksite enforcement operations. These involve large-scale law enforcement operations resulting in the arrest of hundreds of unauthorized workers. They were a significant part of the Trump Administration’s worksite enforcement strategy. Secretary Mayorkas criticized these large-scale... Continue Reading
October 13, 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

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