Suspension of Visitors From South Africa And Surrounding Countries Due To Risk of Transmitting Omicron Variant

Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the white house has issued a proclamation barring the entry of nonimmigrant/immigrant visitors who were physically present in the following countries: Republic of BotswanaKingdom of EswatiniKingdom of LesothoRepublic of MalawiRepublic of MozambiqueRepublic of NamibiaRepublic of South AfricaRepublic of Zimbabwe This proclamation is...

USCIS May Accept Secondary Evidence When Adjudicating I-485 Under LRIF

USCIS issued a policy alert on 10/29/2021 to help some Liberian Nationals in meeting the filing deadline (12/20/2021) for Adjustment of Status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) law. LRIF allows certain Liberian nationals and their spouses, unmarried children under 21 years old, or unmarried sons and daughters 21 years or older living in the United States who meet the...

Individuals From Hong Kong May Apply For Employment Authorization Through 02/05/2023

USCIS announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents may apply for employment authorization covered under President Biden's Aug. 5 memorandum directing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for 18 months, through February 5, 2023. See Biden Grants “Safe Haven” to Hong Kong Residents Eligible Hong Kong residents who were present in the United States as of August 5, 2021, may apply for an...

USCIS May Lose Your RFE Response

Yes, it's true that your filings may get lost after they've been delivered to USCIS. In our experience, it's extremely rare for USCIS to lose a package after it has been delivered to its facility. Oftentimes, it's the carrier that may have lost/damaged the package while on route to USCIS. This may happen due to no fault of anyone such as extreme weather or a car accident. For time-sensitive...

Tip Sheet On How To Communicate with the USCIS Contact Center More Effective

The CIS Ombudsman has released a guide to help customers better navigate the USCIS Contact Center. Helpful tips include: When does it make sense to reach out to the USCIS Contact Center?What else can I do in my online account to bypass the USCIS Contact Center?How can I make sure I get my call returned?How can I make sure I don’t miss a return call?What constitutes an emergency?I need to...

Biden Administration Will Rescind Travel Bans and Instead Require Proof of Vaccination

Update 11/08/2021 Flyer about the New Covid-19 Travel Requirements: Update 11/05/2021 On 11/08/2021, the previous COVID-19 travel bans will be replaced with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all international air travelers to the United States. Passengers must provide proof of vaccination to airlines who will: Match the name and date of birth to the information on the vaccination...

USCIS is Seeking Comments on New Public Charge Rules

USCIS is seeking feedback from the public that will help the development of new public charge regulations. Since the previous public charge rule (2019) under President Trump was vacated on March 9, 2019, USCIS has been applying the public charge inadmissibility statute consistent with the 1999 Interim Field Guidance, the policy that was in place before the 2019 public charge final rule. You...