As anticipated, the Trump Administration released a Presidential Proclamation today temporarily suspending new H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visa applicants from entering the U.S. The key points of the Proclamation are summarized below, and we will provide further analysis and schedule a webinar for our clients on this important topic shortly: The suspension on admission does not apply to persons who are physically in the U.S., or who are outside the U.S. but already have a valid H
Yesterday, June 18th, the United States Supreme Court held that the Trump Administration’s attempt to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program through administrative action violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). DACA was created by the Obama Administration through a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum in 2012. The program allows certain foreign nationals who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and meet certain cri
Routine visa services at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide have been indefinitely suspended for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has restricted the ability of many people to safely reenter or depart the United States. At the time of this writing, the Department of State (DOS) has not released any formal updates indicating when global consular services will reopen. However, we have heard of persons successfully booking appointments online at certai
The Department of State (“DOS”) Visa Office has released the July 2020 Visa Bulletin. China will see virtually no improvement of immigrant visa backlogs next month, with cut-off dates advancing by only one week in all categories. The Final Action Date for EB-3 Worldwide will advance by 5 months, but will otherwise remain retrogressed due to extremely high demand. EB-1 India will favorably advance by 11 months, while EB-2 and EB-3 India will see improvement of only one month.
Yesterday, June 18, Singapore advanced to Phase 2 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, permitting travelers (Singapore citizens, permanent residents and existing Work Pass holders) entering Singapore from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry to bypass self-quarantine orders. Travelers entering from countries not in this list will need to serve
Earlier this week, on June 16, the DHS announced an extension of its ongoing restrictions of non-essential travel across land borders of Canada and Mexico. The United States has had joint border closure initiatives with Canada and Mexico in place since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously explained, these ongoing border closures do not prohibit persons from seeking entry into the United States via commercial flights from Mexico and Canada.
Over the last few months, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation’s resulting high unemployment numbers, the Trump Administration has issued two Presidential Proclamations restricting the entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States. In the recent Proclamation that suspended the issuance of immigrant visas to persons outside the United States, the President declared that his Administration would review nonimmigrant programs and consider other measures to stimul