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  • Visa Operations Update: DOS Announces Immigrant Visa Prioritization

    On April 30, 2021, U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced U.S. embassies and consulates are using a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications as DOS works to reduce the backlog of such applications resulting from travel restrictions and operational constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The tiered approach focuses on family reunification, prioritizing immediate relative […]

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  • Current Status of Immigrant Visa Processing at Embassies & Consulates

    On March 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) shared a briefing with Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, Julie M. Stufft, regarding the status of immigrant visa processing at embassies and consulates around the world. This briefing was conducted in light of the recent recission of Presidential Proclamation 10014, which lifted […]

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  • DOS Proposes Ending the “B-1 in Lieu of H” Visa Policy

    On October 21, 2020 the Department of State (DOS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on visas for temporary visitors for business or pleasure. The proposed change would amend the regulation governing the B-1 nonimmigrant visa classification, which provides temporary visas for visitors entering the U.S. for business activities that are necessary and incidental to their regular […]

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  • DOS Issues Update on Court Order Regarding Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Pose a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market

    On June 22, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation 10052 (PP 10052) suspending certain nonimmigrant visas until December 31, 2020. Effective June 24, the proclamation prohibits foreign nationals, and any foreign nationals accompanying or following to join them, from entering the U.S. under the H-1B, H-2B, J, or L nonimmigrant visa classifications. Lawsuit Challenging the Proclamation’s Legal […]

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