Immigration News Update — Late-September 2021

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Biden Admin Announces New Policy: Vaccines, Testing Required for International Travelers to United States According to reports, the Biden administration announced on September 20, 2021, a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions that will allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the United States beginning in November 2021. Under the new policy, all foreign travelers flying to the United States must …

Immigration News Update — Late-September 2021 (Newsletter)

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Former INS Deportation Attorney Rejects Democrats’ Immigration Proposals The Senate Parliamentarian issued a “ruling” that the immigration legalization provisions should not be included in the budget reconciliation because the “tremendous and enduring policy change dwarfs its budgetary impact”. Democratic Party Senators are ensuring that they have not given up and have additional proposals to present to the Parliamentarian in the …

Immigration News Update — Late September 2021

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Former INS Deportation Attorney Rejects Democrats Immigration Proposals Senate Parliamentarian Rejects Inclusion of Immigration Language in $3.5 Trillion Bill In a blow to Democrats, President Biden, and immigration advocates, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled on September 19, 2021, that immigration language cannot be included in the $3.5 trillion filibuster-proof budget reconciliation bill. She said, “The policy changes of this proposal …

Immigration News Update — Mid September 2021

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DHS Continues TPS Designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the automatic extension of temporary protected status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal. The automatic extension of TPS-related documentation includes employment authorization documents (EADs) through December 31, 2022. DHS also announced that under several court …

Immigration News Update — September 2021 (Newsletter)

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TPS Extended for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal The announcement that DHS is extending temporary protected status designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal provides a sigh of relief for the almost 400,000 people currently under TPS. The automatic extension of TPS-related documentation includes employment authorization through December 31, 2022. Reports indicate that almost …

Immigration News Update — September 2021

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State Dept. Releases Guidance on Immigrant Visa Prioritization The Department of State (DOS) released guidance on how its embassies and consulates are prioritizing immigrant visa applications and making “difficult decisions” as they work to reduce the backlog “resulting from travel restrictions and operational constraints caused by the global COVID pandemic.” DOS said the guiding principle is family reunification: “Specifically, the …

Immigration News Update July 2021 (Newsletter) — The EB-5 Regional Center Program Ends– For Now

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Immigration through investment has been, for the last 30 years, an important component of our legal immigration system, creating tens of thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars in investment to our economy. A large part of that “EB-5” program came to a screeching halt on June 30, 2021, when Congress failed to pass a timely extension of the …

Immigration News Update — July 2021

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EB-5 Program To Expire June 30 After Efforts Fail in Senate; Reauthorization Still Possible Later The EB-5 regional center program, under which foreign investors indirectly finance projects in the United States in exchange for green cards, is set to expire on June 30, 2021. An effort to extend the program failed in the Senate on June 24, 2021, because Sen. …

Immigration News Update (Newsletter) — May 2021 What is the “new” “International Entrepreneur Parole” Program?

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A strange thing happened on the way to immigration changes this week–the Biden Administration resurrected from the dead a “visa” program that Obama had created on his last day in office (and which the Trump administration tried to kill, but failed). The important part of the still “new” Entrepreneurial Parole program is that it allows individuals into the United States …

Immigration News Update May 2021 — What is the “new” “International Entrepreneur Parole” Program?

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DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Program U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 10, 2021, that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 proposed rule that would have removed the International Entrepreneur parole program from DHS regulations. USCIS said the program, first introduced in 2017, “will remain a viable program for foreign entrepreneurs to …