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On February 18, 2021, Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.  The companion bills are identical in their terms and are derived from President Biden’s “day one” legislative proposal for implementation of his immigration policy goals and initiatives.  As […]

Beginning on March 20, 2020, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments announced their collaboration in restricting non-essential travel across their shared land borders. These restrictions were subsequently extended multiple times, most recently on January 19, 2021. On February 23, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yet another extension […]

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation revoking former President Trump’s proclamation that suspended the admission of new immigrants (i.e., permanent residents) to the United States.  The original Presidential Proclamation implementing the suspension was issued by former President Trump on April 22, 2020, and subsequent proclamations extended the suspension through […]

On February 24, 2021, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded the availability of premium processing services (15-day adjudication) to include E-3 nonimmigrant petitions.  The E-3 nonimmigrant classification is reserved for Australian citizens working in a specialty occupation on a temporary basis in the U.S.  A  position is generally considered to be a specialty occupation if […]