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  • DOS Updates Visa Appointment Wait Times Page

    The Department of State (DOS) has recently updated its Visa Appointment Wait Times page to include estimated wait times for nonimmigrant visa applications eligible for an interview waiver. After discussing concerns with members of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA), the DOS confirmed that it would review potential enhancements to provide more visibility to applicants. The additional fields […]
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  • U.S. Immigration Authorities to Use Up Extra Employment Based Green Cards

    The Department of State (DOS) has determined that the fiscal year (FY) 2022 employment-based visa annual limit is 281,507, which is more than double the typical annual total. This increase is due to COVID-19. The pandemic caused a decrease in the issuance of family-based visas. Immigration law causes unused family-based visas to switch over to […]
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  • Federal Judge Rules US Cannot Stop Issuing Visas During Travel Bans

    A US federal judge has declared it unlawful for the State Department to use travel bans issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as a reason to stop processing visas for otherwise eligible travelers. Find our more here. Senior Associate Attorney Gabriella Agostinelli tells us what this means for your travel plans to the United […]
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  • U.S. District Court finds the U.S. Department of State acted improperly in suspending visa issuance based on the Regional Ban Proclamations

    On October 5, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a group of non-citizens summary judgment in their suit against the U.S. Department of State (the “Department”), finding the Department acted improperly in suspending visa issuance pursuant to the Regional Ban Proclamations.  Background In response to the ongoing pandemic, both Former-President […]
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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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