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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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UNITED STATES: USCIS Temporarily Waives 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693

December 10, 2021

On 9 December 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily waive the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record within 60 days of filing an application for the underlying immigration benefit. This temporary waiver is effective immediately and will continue until 30 September 2022.

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UNITED STATES: Long Delays for Work Permits for L, H, and E Spouses Are Over [Updated]

November 24, 2021

To seek relief from immigration application delays, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its partners filed a lawsuit, which was settled with the Department of Homeland Security.

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UNITED STATES: Biden Administration Lifts Travel Restrictions to Allow Vaccinated Travelers into United States

October 29, 2021

To advance the safe resumption of global travel during the COVID-⁠19 pandemic, on 25 October President Biden issued a Proclamation emphasizing the continued enhanced measures against the spread of the virus. Travel restrictions for foreign nationals traveling from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, the U.K., Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, and India, are to be relaxed and new travel requirements for travelers from all other countries imposed. The Proclamation applies to all travelers aboard flights scheduled to arrive in the United States that depart after 12:01 a.m. EST on 8 November, 2021.

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UNITED STATES: Immigration Application Processing Delays

October 20, 2021

The announcement regarding relaxation of the ban on travel to the U.S. from early November will bring relief to many travelers. The U.S. authorities have confirmed that regionally-based COVID-19 travel bans will be repealed and replaced by individual-based vaccination requirements as of 8 November 2021.

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UNITED STATES: Upcoming Changes to COVID-19 Entry Restrictions

October 14, 2021

The White House has confirmed that the regionally-based COVID-19 travel bans will be repealed and replaced by individual-based COVID-19 vaccination requirements as of 8 November. Additionally, Department of Homeland Security 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.

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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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