Latest Developments in
Pending Visa Cases
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the United States’ embassies and consulates have temporarily halted or restricted their services. These restrictions have seriously delayed the processing for pending visa applications.
Asylum and Refugee Eligibility For Hong Kong Protestors
In the wake of the Hong Kong protests, some of the activists have sought asylum in the United States. Some politicians in the United States have sought to pass the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act to make it easier for these activists to receive asylum.
Exceptions to the Limits on Travelers from the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area
Due to Covid-19, the U.S. government has restricted travelers from the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen area. However, there are several exemptions to this restriction. The following exceptions apply:
Updates for F-1 International Students
Due to Covid-19, many colleges and universities have transitioned to partially or completely online instruction, and the United States government has imposed several restrictions on travel into the United States. These changes may impact international students who are currently in the United States or who are seeking to enter the United States.
H-1B Lottery Registration Period Beginning 03/09/2021
If you are a prospective H-1B petitioner seeking to file an H-1B petition that is subject to the cap on H-1B recipients, you can register online beginning on March 9, 2021.
Biden Is President. What’s Next for DACA?
Under Biden, the federal government is once again supporting the preservation of DACA.
Freezes on Immigration Court Fee Increases
The Trump administration moved to substantially increase the filing fees in immigration court. These new fees were intended to take effect on January 19th, 2021. However, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta has temporarily halted some of the fee increases.
Green Cards Are Available for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
What are Numerical Limitations on Visas, and What Do They Mean for Me?
Every year, the United States only issues a fixed, predetermined number of Visas in each category for each country. There are a few groups that are exempt from these numerical limitations, including immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, refugees, special immigrants, and some beneficiaries of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. However, the spouses and children of Permanent Residents are subject to numerical restrictions.
What Is Going on with Temporary Protected Status?
I Have Temporary Protected Status. Am I Going to Lose it?
The Trump administration has taken steps to end the Temporary Protected Status designation for people from the following countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Currently, the result of these efforts is unclear, as multiple court cases and appeals surrounding the decision are still pending.
For now, due to an order from a California district court, work authorization for all individuals from the above countries with TPS is extended through October 4th, 2021, as long as the recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) properly followed all renewal procedures. (more…)
Health Care Requirement for Potential Immigrants
Is There a New Rule About Immigrant Health Insurance?
On October 4, 2019, President Trump issued a proclamation requiring people applying for an immigrant visa to demonstrate that they will have health care within 30 days of their arrival in the United States or that they have the funds necessary to pay medical expenses.