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  • Certain Applicants now Eligible for Automatic Extension Period on EADs

    As of May 4, 2022, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extensions will now be lengthened to a 540-day period from the previous 180-day extension period, according to a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) set forth by USCIS. This extension will only be pertinent to applicants who were previously eligible for the 180-day extension. Specifically, this applies to […]
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  • DHS Waives Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas

    The Secretary of State and Department of Homeland Security have recently announced a new policy authorizing consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants through December 31, 2022. This new authorization applies to temporary workers that are applying for the H-1B, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q […]
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  • Major Settlement Will Change How USCIS Adjudicates Work Permits for Nonimmigrant Spouses

    USCIS has announced major policy guidance changes as to how they will adjudicate work permits for certain H-4, E, and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses. The process of obtaining employment authorization documents from USCIS has long been a problem in the immigration system. Recent litigation in the case Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas reversed the USCIS […]
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  • USCIS Announces New Policy Suspending Biometrics Requirement for H-4, L-2, E Applications

    On May 3, 2021, Acting Associate Director of Service Center Operations (SCOPS) for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Connie Nolan signed a Declaration announcing the biometrics requirement will be suspended for H-4, L-2 and certain E Applications.  USCIS has the authority to require and collect biometrics, which include fingerprints, photographs, and digital […]
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  • U.S. & Mexico Announce Change in Visa Reciprocity Revisions for Certain Work Visas

    On April 26, 2021, the Governments of Mexico and the U.S. announced a change in the visa reciprocity standards for certain work visas for Mexican citizens and work permits for U.S. citizens. The principle of reciprocity is grounded in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and requires the Department of State (DOS) to set country-specific […]
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  • Continued Delays in Employment Authorization Document Processing Times

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) processing times for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications continue to increase. EADs are relied upon by many categories of foreign nationals in order to lawfully work in the United States. The processing times vary by USCIS Service Center, in addition to the category in which the applicant is […]
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  • Increase in US Visa Fees for Australians

    The US Department of State has dramatically increased visa issuance fees for Australian nationals in certain visa categories as of December 23, 2019. The US government charges visa issuance fees for nonimmigrant visas that are approved. The fee increases are intended to reciprocate the fees the Australian government charges US citizens who are issued visas.  […]
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  • Will H-4 Nonimmigrants Lose Employment Authorization?

    In a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has informed the court that a proposed regulation to rescind the H-4 employment authorization is not likely to be published in the Federal Register...
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  • Proposed H-4 EAD Rescission

    One advantage of the H-1B visa is that immediate family members of the H-1B visa holder may apply for an H-4 visa, which will allow them to lawfully stay in the United States. What is more, the holder of an H-4 visa, who is seeking employment based on lawful permanent resident status, is eligible to […]
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  • Proposed Rule to Eliminate the H-4 EAD Program Delayed

    In 2015, the Obama administration created regulations extending eligibility for work authorization to H-4 dependent spouses. Currently, H-4 spouses are permitted to apply for employment authorization only if their H-1B spouse is (1) the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, or (2) has been granted H-1B status under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First […]
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