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COVID-19 Restrictions Return for Travelers from China, Hong Kong, and Macau

COVID-19 Restrictions Return for Travelers from China, Hong Kong, and Macau   Effective Jan. 5, 2023, COVID-19 travel restrictions are back for those traveling to the United States from China, Hong Kong, or Macau. Individuals will have to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or of recovery from COVID-19 upon entry.   Who Does [...]

By |2023-02-05T16:27:44+00:00February 5th, 2023|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|0 Comments

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with Pending I-751 and I-829 Forms

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with Pending I-751 and I-829 Forms On January 23, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (i.e., Green Cards) for petitioners who filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence or Form I-829, [...]

By |2023-02-05T16:20:50+00:00February 5th, 2023|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|0 Comments

Public Charge Rule

Public Charge Rule   On December 23, 2022, the revised Public Charge Rule went into effect. This means all adjustment of status postmarked (or submitted electronically, if applicable) on or after that date, will be subject to the “new” public charge ground of inadmissibility under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).   [...]

By |2023-02-05T16:13:30+00:00February 5th, 2023|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|0 Comments

DHS Implements New Processes for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans and Eliminates Cap for Venezuelans

DHS Implements New Processes for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans and Eliminates Cap for Venezuelans On January 5th, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new process that will provide Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans who are outside of the U.S., a safe, lawful and streamlined way to come to the U.S. by air and work temporarily. [...]

By |2023-01-15T16:52:10+00:00January 15th, 2023|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|0 Comments

Extension of Interview Waiver for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

Extension of Interview Waiver for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applications December 23, 2022 In an effort to facilitate nonimmigrant travel and reduce the wait times for nonimmigrant visas, the Department of State (DOS) announced an extension of the waiver of in-person interviews to certain nonimmigrants through to December 31, 2023. The waivers will be authorized by [...]

By |2023-01-03T16:27:22+00:00January 3rd, 2023|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on Extension of Interview Waiver for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

USCIS Introduces New Edition of I-485 Application

USCIS Introduces New Edition of I-485 Application As of December 23, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a new edition of the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status that they will start accepting. Anyone submitting an I-485 that is post-marked on or before December 22nd will be accepted, [...]

By |2022-12-26T18:37:54+00:00December 26th, 2022|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on USCIS Introduces New Edition of I-485 Application

Vaccination and Testing Policy for International Flights Entering the U.S.

Vaccination and Testing Policy for International Flights Entering the U.S.  All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the U.S. by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply. Learn more about this requirement and accepted vaccines.   If you are not fully vaccinated and allowed to travel to the U.S. by air through an exception, you will [...]

By |2022-10-23T06:22:23+00:00October 23rd, 2022|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on Vaccination and Testing Policy for International Flights Entering the U.S.

USCIS Form and Policy Updates Remove Barriers to Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities

USCIS Form and Policy Updates Remove Barriers to Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities On 10/19/2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an updated policy with the revision of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. The USCIS policy manual clarifies how medical professionals can properly complete the new version of Form N-648, Medical Certification [...]

By |2022-10-23T06:15:30+00:00October 23rd, 2022|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on USCIS Form and Policy Updates Remove Barriers to Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities

Parole Process for Venezuelans

Parole Process for Venezuelans On October 12, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a collaboration with Mexico to reduce the number of Venezuelans that are attempting to utilize the Southwest Border to escape the humanitarian and economic crisis in their home country. In response, this Parole process is intended to undertake irregular migration [...]

By |2022-10-23T06:05:46+00:00October 23rd, 2022|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on Parole Process for Venezuelans

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals

The 2024 U.S. DV Lottery Registration Is Now Open From October 5th to November 8th   The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its instructions for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Lottery Program (DV-2024) registration opened on October 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm (EST) and entrants will have until 12:00 pm (EST) on November 8th to [...]

By |2022-10-23T05:57:27+00:00October 23rd, 2022|U.S. Immigration, U.S. Visa Bulletin|Comments Off on USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals
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