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

The President announced today that starting in early November adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States must be fully vaccinated. The White House will also rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans implemented for individuals from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, U.K., Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India. US citizens are not subject to the rule meaning...

COVID Vaccination is Now Required for USCIS Medical Exams

Update Post 09/16/2021 USCIS releases policy guidance highlighting the following: "..beginning October 1, 2021, applicants who are required to undergo the immigration medical examination must complete the COVID-19 vaccine series before the civil surgeon can complete the immigration medical examination and sign Form I-693." Original Post 08/31/2021 On August 25, 2021, the CDC announced that...

Facial Masks no longer required at USCIS field offices

Updated Post May 27, 2021 USCIS issued a news release officially stating that "fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear a face covering. Individuals two years old and older who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a face covering." Original post May 20, 2021 On May 20, 2021, USCIS updated its webpage to reflect the new policy that face masks are no longer required for visitors who...

ICE Will Continue to Allow Distance Learning in Excess of Regulatory Limits

F-1 students can breathe a sigh of relief. ICE will continue to allow students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the ongoing covid pandemic. Please note that the guidance only applies to students who were actively enrolled at U.S. school on March 9, 2020, and are otherwise complying with the terms of their nonimmigrant status, whether from inside the U.S. or...

Additional Time Added for Responding to USCIS notices

Update Post 06/24/2021 USCIS has announced another extension of flexibilities shown below. Additional time will continue to be given for responding to certain requests and notices that are dated between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. providing additional time for responding to USCIS. Update Post 03/24/2021 In an effort to extend accommodations in light of Covid, USCIS continues to allow...