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March 31 2021

Many countries beginning to offer guidance on Vaccine Passports

Even as a political battle rages in the US about vaccine passports, their usage and who should set standards, many other countries have begun setting detailed guidelines for how and when they will accept vaccine passports. In general, vaccine passports are expected to be valid 2 weeks after a person's...

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March 9 2021

Premium Processing (Expedite) now available for E-3 Status for Australian Nationals

USCIS announced that effective February 24, 2021, Premium Processing will be available to those requesting a change of status or extension of status for E-3 visa classification for qualified Australian professionals. The USCIS Premium Processing Service expedites USCIS’ processing times for certain visa categories.  Specifically, it requires an additional filing fee...

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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 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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