Trump Adds Six Countries to Travel Ban, Suspending Green Card Approvals for Nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar Indefinitely

The Trump administration has expanded its "travel ban" to six countries, which would suspend the issuance of immigrant visas (green cards) to nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea,  Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar. The ban starts on February 22, 2020 and does not affect green card applicants currently in the US. Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals will no longer be …

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New I-9 Form for Employers

A new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) with a version date of ‘‘(Rev. 10/21/2019)’’ is available for use beginning today, 1/31/20. Employers may continue using the prior version of the form, with a version date of “(Rev. 07/17/2017 N),” until 4/30/20. After 4/30/20, the prior version of the form will no longer be …

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Iranian citizens are no longer eligible for E-1 and E-2 visas

USCIS today announced that, due to the Oct. 3, 2018, termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor changes or extensions of status based on the treaty. The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visa classifications allow …

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February 2020 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2020. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to December  1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of May 22, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015.  …

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January 2020 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2020. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to October 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of May 22, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015.  Other …

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Employment Authorization Documents for certain Temporary Protected Status Immigrants are Automatically Extended to January 4, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today extended the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.  The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record …

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to June 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of February 1, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 2, 2015.  Other …

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October 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has moved forward to October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of November 1, 2016 and those born in India with a cutoff date of January 2, 2015.  Other categories …

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