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Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

March 3, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

“Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”

Rescission of Travel Restrictions on Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

December 28, 2021

On December 28, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10315.” This proclamation, which will take effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2021, revokes Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10315, which suspended the entry of certain noncitizens traveling as immigrants or nonimmigrants who were p

Expanded Interview Waivers for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

December 23, 2021

We are pleased to announce that consular officers are now temporarily authorized, through December 31, 2022, to waive in-person interviews for certain individual petition-based nonimmigrant work visas and their qualifying derivatives in the following categories: Persons in Specialty Occupations (H-1B visas), Trainee or Special Education Visitors (H-3 visas), Intracompany Transferees (L visas), Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O visas), Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers (P visas), and Participants in International Cultural Exchange Programs (Q visas).

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19

December 3, 2021

Amended Order: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States

Details can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html

US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting November 29, 2021

November 29, 2021

President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. (CNN)

Schools allowed to continue to issue electronic I-20s and travel signatures

November 9, 2021

Effective November 1, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program which governs the F-1 program, will allow schools to continue to issue electronic I-20s and electronic travel signatures for the foreseeable future. F-1 students must print out the I-20s and present a paper document to U.S. consulates and U.S. port of entry officials.

A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

October 27, 2021

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic, which, effective November 8, 2021, will lift the four current geographic travel ban restrictions, and replace them with a global requirement that "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" traveling to the United States by air from any part of the world establish that they are fully vaccinated, with some limited excepti

Diversity Visa Lottery for 2023

October 18, 2021

The Diversity Visa Lottery for 2023 is now open. The online registration period for the DV-2023 Program begins on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.

Federal Register Notice on Delegation of Authority Under PP 10043

September 22, 2021

The State Department recently released a

National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)

September 20, 2021

COVID-19 Proclamations Affecting Entry from Certain Countries

Four COVID-19-related presidential proclamations continue to limit entry to the United States by individuals who were physically present in a covered country during the 14-day period prior to their planned entry or attempted entry to the United States.

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Current Status of DACA

July 19, 2021
Update: On July 16, 2021, a U.S. District Court in Texas ruled that the 2012 DACA program begun by the Obama administration was unlawful, and vacated the June 15, 2012 DHS memorandum that created it. The court also issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting DHS from approving new DACA applications (i.e., "those not already granted by the date of this order").

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Biometrics Requirement for Certain Form I-539 Applicants

May 14, 2021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that effective May 17, 2021, we will temporarily suspend the biometrics submission requirement for certain applicants filing Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, requesting an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status.

Klasko Immigration Law Partners: Embassies and Consulates in India Limit Visa Services as COVID Rates Rise

May 3, 2021

On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Consular Mission to India announced significant limitations to visa and other services due to rising COVID rates and for the safety and protection of its consular staff and customers. Although no travel restrictions from India have been announced, individuals traveling to or otherwise present in India who require a visa should expect significant delays in visa issuance, including through the interview waiver (or “drop box”) program.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates in India Limit Visa Services as COVID Rates Rise

April 28, 2021

From Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP: