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September 25, 2020

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Office has released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin. Due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on immigration, in addition to presidential actions restricting immigration into the United States, green card quota backlogs will experience widespread improvement...

August 21, 2020

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Office has released the September 2020 Visa Bulletin. With the exception of EB-1 China and India, which will improve by one month, cut-off dates for all EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 categories will remain unchanged for the month of September. As the government’s fiscal yea...

August 13, 2020

Yesterday, August 12th, the Department of State (DOS) announced new “National Interest” exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052. As previously reported, Proclamation 10014 temporarily suspended issuance of immigrant visas for permanent residency, while Proclamation 10052 suspended i...

July 17, 2020

The Department of State (DOS) announced on its website on Wednesday that it plans to resume routine visa services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, which have been closed since late March due to COVID-19. Although the DOS indicates that the resumption of visa services will occur on a post-by-post ba...

June 19, 2020

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...

April 18, 2020

On April 2, 2020, the Department of State (“DOS”) notified exchange visitor program sponsors that it will automatically extend J-1 program end dates 60 days in SEVIS for “Active” records with a program end date between April 1 – May 31, 2020. The automatic 60-day extension only applies to J-1 exchan...

February 8, 2020

State Department’s Response to Coronavirus – U.S. Embassy Closures in China

In accordance with Chinese government guidance on the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of State (“DOS”) closed all U.S. Embassies and Consulates in mainland China from February 3rd to February 7, 2020.  On January 23, 202...

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