On January 21, 2022, the White House announced that the Departments of State and Homeland Security are undertaking several new actions to help attract to the U.S. and retain international talent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”). The Biden-Harris administration stated that, “These actions will allow international STEM talent to […]
USCIS announced that effective Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, certain healthcare workers who have a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal application (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and whose EAD expires in 30 days or less or has already expired, can request expedited processing of their EAD application. Eligible Healthcare workers should call the USCIS […]
On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10294 revoking the country-specific geographic travel restrictions and mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all international air travelers to the U.S. Starting 12:01am November 8, 2021, noncitizen nonimmigrant air travelers to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.
CDC is currently accepting […]
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will be publishing a notice tomorrow in the federal register that automatically extends the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal through December 31, 2022, from the current expiration date of October 4, 2021.
Please let SPS Immigration […]
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced August 19, 2021 that applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence in the U.S. must obtain the COVID-19 vaccine series starting October 1, 2021. The CDC is providing waivers for individuals who are too young to receive the vaccine (currently, children under the age […]
On July 28, 2021, USCIS randomly selected additional H-1B cap registrations that were previously submitted for FY 2022 after determining that it did not receive enough filed H-1B petitions to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. The H-1B petition filing period based on this second round of registration selections will begin on August 2, 2021 […]
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Sarah Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
One of the nomination letters […]
As part of litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Edakunni v. Mayorkas, the Acting Associate Director of Service Center Operations (“SCOPS”) for USCIS confirmed in a declaration that starting around May 17th it will no longer require biometrics for the dependents of H-1B, L-1, and E-2 visa holders. AILA has also requested that USCIS return […]
Friday, February 26, 2021, USCIS announced flexibility for OPT receipt delays and improper rejections. These flexibilities apply only to OPT submissions received by USCIS on or after October 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021. USCIS’ flexibility includes the following:
14-month OPT Period Flexibilities
F-1 students are eligible for 12 months of post-completion […]