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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: Two New Interim Final Rules Restrict H-1B Work Visas

October 12, 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: 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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UNITED STATES: New Entry Ban on Nonimmigrant Foreign Workers

June 23, 2020

Effective 24 June 2020, the suspension of entry for first-time immigrant visa applicants is extended until 31 December 2020 and extended to include foreign workers seeking to enter the US pursuant to certain nonimmigrant visa categories, who do not already hold valid visa stamps in their passports.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Submitted as of 1 April

April 2, 2020

On 1 April 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be submitted to USCIS if based on a valid selected registration.

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UNITED STATES: Entry Ban Extended to Schengen States, UK and Ireland

March 12, 2020

US President Donald Trump has announced the suspension of entry for travelers of any nationality who have been in the Schengen area in the previous 14 days.

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UNITED STATES: New Public Charge Regulations Expand Inadmissibility Criteria

February 5, 2020

DHS rule on public assistance that may make foreign nationals ineligible for permanent residence and other immigration benefits took effect January 30. 

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UNITED STATES: Travel Restrictions and Updated Process for Evaluating Foreign Country Compliance

February 3, 2020

The US president has signed a proclamation imposing new, tailored visa restrictions on six more countries that have failed to meet a series of security criteria.

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UNITED STATES: Dramatic Increases to Visa Issuance Fees for Australian Nationals

December 30, 2019

Effective 23 December 2019, Australian citizens applying for certain nonimmigrant visa categories in the United States face drastically higher visa fees.

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