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  • USCIS Issues Updated Guidance Regarding the Educational Requirements for Naturalization

    On February 22, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. Specifically, USCIS announced it will be reverting to the 2008 naturalization civics test starting March 1, 2021, thereby eliminating the revised naturalization civics test that was implemented on December 1, 2020 (“2020 civics test”).   […]

  • DHS Final Rule Provides for Automatic 180 Extension of Work Authorization for Certain Categories when EAD Renewal Received

    On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule, Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers, which granted automatic extensions of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) in certain circumstances. Specifically, the rule—effective January 17, 2017—automatically extends the employment authorization and validity of existing EADs […]

  • TN Spotlight: Meteorologist

    The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Meteorologist.  How to Qualify for TN Status as a Meteorologist To qualify for TN […]

  • DHS Expresses Support for Equal Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine for Undocumented Foreign Nationals

    On February 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release expressing its support for equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for all individuals, regardless of their immigration status. DHS provided: “It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States […]

  • USCIS Announces another Extension of Flexibility for Responses to Agency Requests

    On January 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), once again, extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain agency requests. Specifically, USCIS is granting applicants, petitioners, and requestors an additional sixty days to submit their responses to the following: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to […]

  • TN Spotlight: Social Worker

    The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under the regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Social Worker.  How to Qualify for TN Status as a Social Worker To qualify […]

  • DHS Announces Upcoming H-1B Lottery Season & Delays Effective Date of the H-1B Selection Final Rule

    Last week, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap registration process for the upcoming H-1B lottery season will open on March 9, 2021 and will close on March 25, 2021. USCIS will notify selected registrants by March 31, 2021 that they have been selected and petitions may be filed for the selected beneficiaries between April 1 […]

  • TN Spotlight: Pharmacist

    The TN category permits citizens of Canada and Mexico to enter the U.S. to provide prearranged professional services to a U.S. entity. Under current regulations, there are 63 professional occupations under which an individual may qualify. One such occupation is a Pharmacist.  How to Qualify for TN Status as a Pharmacist To qualify for TN status as […]

  • DOL Issued a Revised Wage Rule Restructuring the Prevailing Wage System

    On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule, Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States, changing how wage levels are computed under the DOL’s four-tier wage structure. The January 14, 2021 rule is a revised version of a similar DOL rule, […]

  • Canada Announces Further Restrictions on Air & Land Travel Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

    On Friday, January 29, 2021, the Canadian government announced further border restrictions aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19 variants. These restrictions will include the following:  Flight Grounding The Canadian government has reached an agreement with major airlines to stop all flights from the Caribbean and Mexico to Canada as of Sunday, January 31, 2021.  All […]