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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ICE Rescinds its July 6th Restrictive F-1 Student Visa Policy that Would Have Sent thousands of Foreign Students Home

In an online hearing before Federal District Judge Allison D. Burroughs, who was presiding in a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT against the restrictive ICE policy, ICE announced it is withdrawing its memorandum that prohibited F-1 students from entering or remaining in the United States if their U.S.…

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Canada Border Closure Update: Extension Until August 21st, 2020

Canada's border closure is to be extended until August 21st due to the latest surge in COVID cases in some major states in the U.S. The extension will be implemented and the current entry requirements will continue to exist for US Nationals. See the link below for more details: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-us-border-closure-extended-august-1.5648879…

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DHS Strikes Down COVID-19 Learning Accommodations For International Students

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. universities and colleges are understandably making the switch to fully online courses for the 2020 Fall Semester. Others are opting for a “hybrid” model of course enrollment, which includes both online and in-person classes. While this does not necessarily come as…

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Urgent Immigration Update

URGENT UPDATE: Trump's Executive Order as of 6/22/20 Based on increasingly confirmed media reports, President Trump is planning on signing an executive order to suspend the issuance of certain temporary worker visas through the end of 2020.  We have not seen the text of this order, and will provide a…

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USCIS Alert – DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility Until July 18th

In May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire June 18. Because of ongoing precautions related to…

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