February 10 2021

USCIS Announces Initial Registration Period for New H-1B Visas. Random H-1B Cap Selection Process to be Administered.

On February 5, 2021, USCIS announced that the initial H-1B cap registration for newvisas will be from Tuesday, March 9, 2021 through Thursday, March 25, 2021.USCIS will administer its usual random, computer-generated H-1B selection process. Itdelayed the effective date of the Trump H-1B wage-based selection rule to December31, 2021.The Trump...

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January 25 2021

Muslim Travel Ban Revoked

President Biden on the first day as President revoked the Trump Muslim travel ban.  It is history.  President Biden’s order also directs consuls to expedite pending ban waiver applications. Given COVID-19 we will have to see how soon the consuls take up applications and schedule interviews.

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January 18 2021

All travelers to US to produce negative COVID-19 test

The US government will begin on January 26, 2021 to require all international airline passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the US. Travelers arriving on international flights to the US will need to get tested within three days of flying. Airlines will be required...

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January 15 2021

The Resumption of Routine Visa Services – U.S Department of State takes a phased approach

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and Consulates began a phased resumption of routine visa services. They prioritized services to U.S. citizens and foreign students with work visas. As consul post-specific conditions permit, missions started to...

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January 6 2021

US to Require Negative COVID Test from UK Travellers

The US government is currently requiring              all airline passengers arriving from the United Kingdom to test negative for Covid-19, following concerns of a new coronavirus variant that may be more transmissible. In light of this new strain, all airline passengers over the age of 2 from the United Kingdom must...

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