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February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    Visa Bulletin For Feb 2022 FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES Family- Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES F1 01DEC14 01DEC14 01DEC14 08SEP99 01MAR12 F2A C C C C C F2B 22SEP15 22SEP15 22SEP15 01SEP00 22OCT11 F3 22NOV08 22NOV08 22NOV08 15SEP97 08JUN02 F4 22MAR07 22MAR07 15SEP05 22APR99 22AUG02 DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS Family- Sponsored All Chargeability Areas

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Non-Immigrant Visa Fees to Increase in 2022

The state department has issued a proposed rule that will see processing fees on certain non-immigrant visas increase in 2022. They say these increases will bring the fees more in line with the cost of the government providing these services. The majority of non-immigrant visa categories will be affected and, if approved, the new fees will go into force sometime before September 2022. Comments on the proposal are being accepted

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Certain US Citizens can Return to Country with Expired Passport

Some American citizens living or traveling abroad will be able to return to the United States even if their passports have expired, according to a U.S. State Department memo issued on December 28. Eligible citizens who fall under specific criteria will be able to return to their home country before March 31 2022, on expired passports. A number of conditions apply – these include: Citizens who are currently abroad and

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USCIS Announces Expedited Processing for Healthcare Workers’ EAD Renewals

Effective December 28, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the ability to request expedited processing of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal applications for individuals who meet all of the following criteria: The applicant is a “healthcare worker”; The applicant has a pending EAD renewal application (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization); and The applicant’s EAD has already expired or will expire within 30 days. Who

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Happy Holidays 2021

Holiday Greetings from Margaret W. Wong and from Margaret W. Wong’s sister, Rose Wong. Dear friends and colleagues,Happy holidays! This is the second year that we have not had our annual “thank you” party. I miss seeing a lot of my close friends and colleagues and clients at our office. For years, I traveled four days per week to visit our other offices around the country. That stopped in March

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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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