Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late March 2022

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I-9 Rules Changing for Employers – Original, Current Documents Now Required The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that beginning May 1, 2022, it is ending the COVID-19 temporary policy for List B identity documents. As of that date, employers will no longer be able to accept expired List B documents. If an employee presented an expired List B document …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Mid-March 2022

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DHS to End COVID-19 Temporary Policy for I-9 List B Documents on May 1 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that beginning May 1, 2022, it is ending the COVID-19 temporary policy for List B identity documents. As of that date, employers will no longer be able to accept expired List B documents. If an employee presented an expired …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Mid-March 2022

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EB-5 Regional Center Program Reauthorized With Big Changes The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, an omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Biden, reauthorizes the EB-5 regional center program for five years, among other things. The bill includes some changes to the program. Selected highlights are below: The EB-5 regional center program is reauthorized until September 30, 2027. …

Immigration News Update — Mid-March 2022

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Omnibus Spending Bill Signed; EB-5 Regional Center Program Reauthorized The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, an omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Biden, reauthorizes the EB-5 regional center program for five years, among other things. The bill includes some changes to the program. Selected highlights are below: The EB-5 regional center program is reauthorized until September 30, …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — March 2022

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DHS Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Also, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an alert on March 4, 2022, about immigration help available on a case-by-case basis to those affected by “special situations,” including the invasion …

Immigration News Update — March 2022

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DHS Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status; Immigration Help in ‘Special Situations’ Available on Case-by-Case Basis On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Also, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an alert on March 4, 2022, about immigration help available on a case-by-case basis …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late February 2022

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H-1B Lottery Registration Starts March 1 The initial registration period for the FY 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run until noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit your records using the online H-1B registration system. USCIS received a sufficient number …

Immigration News Update — Late-February 2022

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Biden Administration Considers TPS, Other Measures for Ukrainians; Advocacy Organizations Weigh In; Consular Services Suspended in Kyiv According to reports, the Biden administration is considering implementing protections for Ukrainians in the United States, as Russia invades Ukraine in a rapidly developing situation expected to result in many refugees and displaced persons. Such relief in the United States could include a …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late February 2022

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Biden Makes Public Charge Safe From Future Abuse The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on February 17, 2022, that it will issue a proposed rule soon that would regulate how DHS applies the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The proposed rule would provide “fair and humane treatment” for noncitizens requesting admission to the United States or applying for lawful …

Immigration News Update — Late-February 2022

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USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is encouraging eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status applications to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories. USCIS said this is because of the availability …