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Biden Revokes Green Card Ban

March 2, 2021

Biden Revokes Green Card Ban On February 24, 2021, the Biden Administration revoked the green card ban, formally known as Proclamation 10014, in part because it “harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world . . . ” The Trump Administration first enacted Proclamation 10014 in April 2020 as a…

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President Biden’s New Immigration Executive Orders

January 26, 2021

President Biden’s New Immigration Executive Orders President Biden has only been in office for a short time now, but he has gotten right to implementing Executive Orders, requests, and memorandums, many of which undo Executive Orders set by the previous administration. One of his main focuses during his first few days in office has been…

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President Trump Extends Visa Bans

January 6, 2021

President Trump Extends Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Bans President Trump extended two Presidential proclamations on December 31st, 2020, set to expire that day. Now, both Presidential Proclamations 10052 and 10014 have been extended until March 31st, 2021. These proclamations restrict the United States from issuing certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, and they also restrict certain…

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What is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

October 6, 2020

The 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Did you know that the United States gives out up to free 55,000 visas every year almost like a raffle? Seriously, the Department of State issues up to 55,000 visas from their Diversity Immigrant Visa Program every year. The visa issued is called a Diversity Visa. This visa is…

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American Not Allowed in Europe

June 30, 2020

American Travelers Not Allowed in Europe   Travelers from the United States will not be allowed in European Union countries when it reopens on Wednesday, July 1. The European Council released its unanimous decision establishing a list of “safe travel destinations” consisting of fifteen (15) countries on Tuesday, June 30. This list of accepted travelers…

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Immigration Update – Suspension

April 23, 2020

What appears to be clear at this time: 1. The White House is issued a Proclamation on April 22, 2020. 2. The effective date is April 23, 2020 at 11.59. PM. 3. This “temporary” immigration suspension is scheduled for 60 days. The suspension shall apply only to aliens who: (i) are outside the United States…

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E-2 visa and unemployment benefits eligibility

April 7, 2020

Many of our clients have employees with E-visa working here in the US. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some of these employees may have been laid off. Their question may be: “Can I apply for unemployment benefits? If I apply for unemployment benefits, will the government determine that I am likely to become a public…

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ESTA Update

April 2, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers who entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (or “ESTA”) may find themselves in a difficult set of circumstances: should an ESTA traveler depart the U.S. at the end of the 90-day authorized stay with all the obvious risks of doing so, or should the ESTA…

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USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization

March 31, 2020

The USCIS issued this statement on Monday: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This…

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RFE Response Delay

March 30, 2020

New policy guidelines for RFE/NOID etc. response. If received after March 1, 2020, 60 days added on. USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are…

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