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UNITED STATES: End of COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Inbound Air Travelers

June 16, 2022

As of June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer requires air passengers traveling to the United States from a foreign country to show a negative COVID-19 test.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Provides Additional Details for Expanded Premium Processing

June 6, 2022

On May 24, USCIS provided additional information related to implementation of its expanded premium processing program.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces Relief for Certain Applicants with Pending Work Authorization (EAD) Applications

May 5, 2022

USCIS have announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to up to 540 days.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces New Measures to Reduce Immigration Backlog

March 31, 2022

On March 29, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced three measures that seek to reduce wait times, expand premium processing to additional form types, and streamline the process for those waiting for employment authorization documents.

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UNITED STATES: Brazil Fully Added to Global Entry Program

February 14, 2022

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that Brazil has been fully added to the U.S. Global Entry program. Designed to provide expedited entry clearance for “pre-approved, low-risk travelers” upon arrival in the United States, the Global Entry program allows pre-screen travelers to skip long processing lines and paperwork at most major international airports.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Updates Guidance Adjudicating Requests for ‘National Interest Waiver’

February 4, 2022

On 21 January, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address national interest waivers for advanced degree professionals or persons of exceptional ability. This update clarifies how the national interest waiver can be used by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates and entrepreneurs.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Provides Clarifying Guidance for O-1 Petitions with a Focus on STEM Fields

January 26, 2022

On 21 January 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the USCIS Policy Manual with additional guidance on how USCIS evaluates eligibility for the O-1A “extraordinary ability” visa category. O-1A visas are reserved for individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics.

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United States Companies: Simplify Your Invitation Letters to China

January 10, 2022

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, China has required visa applicants to possess a Foreign Affairs Office Invitation, sometimes known as the ‘PU’ letter. Companies seeking these letters are encountering extended delays, high-rejections, and difficulties with dependents. Newland Chase, through our sister company CIBTvisas, offers a simpler, faster solution. If your organization qualifies, we can secure your PU letter in as few as 10-12 business days.

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UNITED STATES: Consular Officers Authorized to Waive In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants

December 29, 2021

Effective through December 31, 2022, the U.S. State Department has authorized consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for select groups of visa applicants.

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UNITED STATES: ICE Announces Extension to I-9 Compliance Flexibility Regarding Physical Document Inspection Requirements

December 21, 2021

On Dec. 15, 2021, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) extended the flexibility previously afforded to the Form I-9 compliance rules regarding physical document inspection through April 30, 2022.

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