Late-September Immigration News Update (Newsletter) — Biden Announces New Vaccine Policy for International Travelers

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The Biden Administration announced a new policy on international travelers – easing pandemic travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the U.S. beginning in November 2021. Limited exceptions will be available but those who are exempted from the vaccine requirement may be required to be vaccinated upon arrival. Enhanced contact tracing will be implemented along with the continuation of mask requirements.

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UP-TO-DATE IMMIGRATION NEWS

Biden Admin Announces New Policy: Vaccines, Testing Required for International Travelers to United States– The Biden administration will ease pandemic travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the United States beginning in November 2021.
USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests– The flexibility, extended in response to the ongoing pandemic, applies to certain documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020, and January 15, 2022, inclusive.
EB-5 Regional Center Program Lapse Strands Investors – According to a new report, the lapse is hurting more than 32,000 stranded EB-5 investors, putting at least $15 billion in capital investment and more than 486,900 U.S. jobs in jeopardy.
Non-U.S. Citizens Can Now Apply for SSNs on I-765 or I-485, SSA Says – Non-U.S. citizens can apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement SSN card on the same forms used to apply for permission to work in the United States or for lawful permanent resident status. They no longer need to apply directly via the SSA.
CIS Ombudsman Shares Tips on Submitting DACA Renewal Requests – DHS announced the CIS Ombudsman’s tips for submitting a request to USCIS to renew Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
CBP Announces Extension of Temporary Restrictions on Travelers Crossing U.S. Land Borders – Non-essential travel will continue to be restricted across the U.S.-Canada and Mexico land borders through October 21, 2021.
DHS Announces New Strategy in Response to Migrant Surge at U.S.-Mexico Border – Activities include, among other things, moving migrants to other processing locations; accelerating the pace of removal flights to Haiti and other destinations; reducing crowding and improving conditions for migrants on U.S. soil; and directing appropriate U.S. agencies to work with the Haitian and other regional governments to provide assistance and support to detainees.
GAO Faults USCIS for Insufficient Efforts to Address Backlogs – The GAO noted that policy changes, longer forms, staffing issues, and delays from COVID-19 have all contributed to longer processing times.
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New Publications and Items of Interest
New E-Verify feature. A new E-Verify feature, myUploads, allows employees to upload required documents in JPEG, PNG, or PDF formats to help resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs). Employees can access their myE-Verify accounts by logging into their USCIS online accounts and uploading the requested documents. They can still use fax or mail to submit documents if they prefer. The employer should provide the Further Action Notice (FAN) to the affected employee, discuss the TNC privately with the employee, and allow the employee to decide whether he or she will contest the TNC. The FAN includes the steps for using myUploads to help resolve a DHS TNC. Once uploaded, the employee must call the number on the FAN to resolve the case.https://myeverify.uscis.gov/
New SAVE features. Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) is enhancing its case search capabilities, including improved usability through a search bar and other features, and a more robust case search engine. SAVE will notify users by email at least three weeks before the go-live date for enhancements. https://save.uscis.gov/web/media/resourcesContents/SAVESearchCasesTipSheet.pdf
Helpful Links:
Immigration Agency Information
Department of Homeland Security:DHS.gov/coronavirus
ICE:
CBP:
Department of Labor:
Justice Department
Agency Twitter Accounts
  • EOIR: @DOJ_EOIR
  • ICE: @ICEgov
  • Study in the States: @StudyinStates
  • USCIS: @USCIS
Immigrant and employee rights webinars. The Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), of the Civil Rights Division, is offering a number of free webinars for workers, employers, and advocates. For more information, see https://www.justice.gov/crt/webinars.
E-Verify webinar schedule. E-Verify has released its calendar of webinars at https://www.e-verify.gov/calendar-field_date_and_time/month
NFor Details on these and other topics, click www.immigration.net!
Government Agency Links
Follow these links to access current processing times of the USCIS Service Centers and the Department of Labor, and the Department of State’s latest Visa Bulletin with the most recent cut-off dates for visa numbers:
USCIS Service Center processing times online: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
Department of State Visa Bulletin:
Kuck Baxter Immigration — In The News
Charles Kuck was quoted in the Atlanta Journal and Consitution in relation to his client Grammy-winning Atlanta-based rapper, 21 Savage, “These manufactured charges are yet another example of how our justice system, from ICE down to the local level, unjustly targets young Black men who seek to exercise their rights,” he said in a statement. “There is no legitimate basis for these charges nor for ICE’s continued antics, and we will fight until Mr. Joseph is justly vindicated.” https://www.ajc.com/news/rapper-21-savage-briefly-jailed-on-drug-weapons-charges-in-dekalb/KFDU3VLNGNGR3HRNYYWTCUJ7YQ/
Charles Kuck was quoted by CNN in “Labor Shortages Expected to Continue as Employers Struggle With Visa Bureaucracy and Covid.” Mr. Kuck said, “Our immigration system is so outdated and so unresponsive to the needs of the 21st century, it’s literally doing economic damage to our country. I think employers are realizing, ‘I’m not going to get these people back.’ ” The article also discusses the H-2B visa, for which the fiscal year cap stands at 66,000, with 33,000 for workers starting employment October 1 to March 31, and 33,000 for those employed April 1 to September 30. https://www.cbs58.com/news/labor-shortages-expected-to-continue-as-employers-struggle-with-visa-bureaucracy-and-covid
Charles Kuck was quoted by Bloomberg Law in “Their Papers Mired in Pandemic Backlog, Visa Seekers Go to Court.” Mr. Kuck said that delays abroad have prompted EB-5 immigrant investors to join a third class-action lawsuit that was filed last month. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/their-papers-mired-in-pandemic-backlog-visa-seekers-go-to-court
Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC published its US legal guide for Corporate Immigration. It can be found at https://iclg.com/practice-areas/corporate-immigration-laws-and-regulations/usae
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