Practice Alert: Starting October 1, COVID-19 Vaccinations Will be Required for Applicants Applying for Lawful Permanent Residence or Refugee Status

Starting October 1, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") and the U.S. Department of State will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all applicants applying for refugee or lawful permanent residence, with some exceptions. Specifically, all applicants who receive their medical examination from a Civil Surgeon or Panel Physician on or after October…

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U.S. Consular Update – Tiered Approach to Immigrant Visa Interviews

All U.S. embassies and consulates continue to have a significant backlog of immigrant visas. As a result, they are using a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications based on the category of immigrant visa as they resume and expand processing.  The following lists the main categories of immigrant visas in priority…

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URGENT UPDATE: Salary-Based H-1B Cap Lottery Rule Postponed Until Next Year’s Lottery

USCIS finally provided its guidance on this year’s process and timelines. The good news is the salary-based ruling has been postponed until December 31, 2021. Meaning it will not affect this year’s lottery and we are back to a full random lottery process.   Key Takeaways: 2021 H-1B Cap Lottery…

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