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U.S. Imposes Restrictions on Travel from South Africa + Seven Other Countries

The U.S. has this week imposed new travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other African countries following the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Under a proclamation from the White House which took effect at 12:01am EST Nov 29, the U.S. has banned entry to most foreign (immigrant and non-immigrant) nationals who have been present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or

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USCIS Conducts Third H-1B Cap Lottery

USCIS has conducted its third random selection from previously submitted FY 2022 H-1B registrations. The agency conducted its initial selection in March after receiving more than 308,000 registrations, and undertook a second lottery in July. USCIS said that it determined that it needed to select additional registrations in order to reach the FY 2022 H-1B application cap, including the advanced degree exemption. Those who have submitted their registrations and have

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Work Permit Victory for H-1B Spouses

The Biden administration last week reached a settlement to provide automatic work authorisation permits to the spouses of temporary workers, including many on H-1B and L-1 visas. An H-4 visa is issued by USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years old) of the H-1B visa holders. The visa is normally issued to those who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status

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Travel Ban Lifted! Here’s Everything You Need to Know

On Monday, November 8th, the United States reopened its borders and lifted a pandemic travel ban that saw most visitors banned from entering the country from 30+ countries, for over 19 months. There are new rules in place which involve international visitors providing proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test. There are various exceptions for children and those travelling from countries with low vaccine availability. Proof of Vaccination:  Non-citizens

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Thousands of Veterans Naturalized on Veterans Day

On Thursday, November 11, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalized over 4,000 serving and ex-military personnel in honor of Veterans day. The 4,400 armed forces members were made citizens in 90 ceremonies across the country, adding to the thousands who become citizens each year. In FY2021, this number reached 8,800 – a huge increase on FY2020, when applications were severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “USCIS is committed to

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Deferred Enforced Departure (DED): 18 Months of Work and Travel Authorization for Hong Kong Residents in the U.S. 

Today, October 20, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a preliminary copy of the notice addressing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Hong Kong Residents who have been physically present in the United States since August 5, 2021. USCIS has also updated its website with more detailed information on Hong Kong DED.    USCIS’s notice is in response to President Biden’s August 5, 2021 memorandum directing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for “certain Hong Kong residents” who are present

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Justice Department Appeals DACA First-Time Applicant Ban

On Friday September 10, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an appeal against a July 10 Houston Court ruling in which first-time Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants were barred from applying for the program. The suspension is blocking around 80,000 new applications from young adults who were brought to the country illegally as children – all of whom may be at risk of deportation. Those already holding DACA

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