Immigration News Update (Newsletter)— Late October 2021

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DHS Extends Travel Restrictions for U.S.-Mexico Border The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will continue to temporarily limit non-essential travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border until January 21, 2022. This limit does not apply to those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Notification does …

Immigration News Update — Late October 2021

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DHS Continues Travel Restrictions at Land Border Ports of Entry With Mexico The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will continue to temporarily limit non-essential travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border until January 21, 2022. The limit does not apply to those who are fully vaccinated …

Immigration News Update (Newsletter) — Mid-October 2021

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India and China EB-3 Retrogress Because of USCIS Incompetence The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for November 2021 revealed a disappointing retrogression in final action dates. For example, the third preference category for India and China’s final action dates retrogressed significantly leaving beneficiaries and their families in limbo. This news is frustrating as the mire of backlog continues to spread …

Immigration News Update — Mid-October 2021

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DHS Announces Fully Vaccinated Travelers From Canada and Mexico Will Be Allowed to Enter United States at Land Borders and Ferry Crossings Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced on October 12, 2021, that the Department of Homeland Security will amend Title 19 regulations to allow nonessential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation to enter the …

Immigration News Update (Newsletter) — October 2021

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Diversity Visa 2023 Registration Now Open! The Department of State released a statement last week that they are aware of the various court orders regarding the reservation of DV-2020 and DV-2021 diversity visas. The statement also mentioned that they would soon publish guidance outlining the plan for complying with those orders. In the meantime, a new round of Diversity Visas …

Immigration News Update — Mid-October 2021

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Diversity Visa 2023 Registration Now Open! State Dept. Announces Changes in Vaccination Requirements for Immigrants and Certain Nonimmigrants The Department of State (DOS) announced that effective October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Technical Instructions for panel physicians is requiring all immigrant visa applicants, all K fiancé(e) visa applicants, and nonimmigrant visa applicants who are referred …

Immigration News Update (Newsletter) — October 2021

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Hundreds of Clients WIN Diversity Visa Case! The Impact Litigation Team led by Charles Kuck of Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC, Jeff Joseph of Joseph & Hall PC, and Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser PC represented and obtained a final judgment in favor of 2,000 clients in Goh v. Department of State. This marks a major victory for 2021 Diversity Visa …

Immigration News Update — October 2021

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Hundreds of Clients Win Diversity Visa Lawsuit! Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Until December 3 Includes Provisions to Aid Afghans at Risk The continuing resolution to keep the federal government open until December 3, 2021, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on September 30, 2021. Among other things, the legislation provides about $6.3 billion to …

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 …

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 …