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UNITED STATES: Additional Upcoming Changes to COVID-19 Entry Restrictions

October 14, 2021

As part of the United States’ upcoming new air travel system, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that “non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation” will be allowed to enter the country via land and ferry ports of entry (POEs).

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UNITED STATES: COVID-19 Vaccine Added To Requirements For Green Card Processing

August 27, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that, effective 1 October, the COVID-19 vaccine is included in the list of vaccines required for applicants to obtain permanent residence and refugee status.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Extends Form I-693 Validity Period Due to COVID-19-Related Delays in Adjudication

August 20, 2021

On 12 August 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to four years.

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UNITED STATES: Employers Urged to Renew Employees’ U.S. Passports Immediately to Prevent Surprise Delays

April 23, 2021

As companies around the world gear up to resume business travel, this is an ideal time for employees to renew their passports and avoid costly travel delays. Most countries require a minimum of three to six months of passport validity for entry and even longer if the employee is being sent on assignment abroad.

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UNITED STATES: Biden Administration Immigration Initiatives

January 22, 2021

On its first day in office, the Biden administration has acted to reverse several of the previous administration’s immigration policies.

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UNITED STATES: Two New Interim Final Rules Restrict H-1B Work Visas [UPDATED 3 December 2020]

December 3, 2020

The government has issued both the DOL wage rule and the DHS H-1B regulation as interim final rules, citing the COVID-19 public health emergency as rationale. This means they avoid the normal public comment and rulemaking process but are arguably more vulnerable to court challenges.

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United States Travel Exemptions: Do Your Travelers Qualify?

November 6, 2020

Through a newly formed alliance, Newland Chase and U.S. law firm Greenberg Traurig can support qualified travelers with assessing eligibility to travel to the United States. Contact us to learn how we can assist your foreign nationals who need to enter the U.S. during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Tasked with Expansion of Premium Processing [UPDATED 19 Oct 2020]

October 19, 2020

On 30 September 2020, the US Senate passed and the president signed H.R. 8337 to keep the US government operational until 11 December 2020, maintaining vital immigration programs such as the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program, E-Verify, Conrad 30 Waiver Program for J-1 medical doctors and non-minister religious workers programs.

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UNITED STATES: Significant Forward Progress for Several Categories in October 2020 Visa Bulletin

October 1, 2020

On 24 September 2020, the US Department of State (DOS) released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, the first of the new government fiscal year (FY 2021). It showed significant advancement in most categories, but especially for applicants under the EB-3 category who were born in India.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Lottery

August 20, 2020

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently begun selecting additional, previously unselected H-1B registrations that were submitted in March 2020 for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B lottery. 

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