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Today at noon Eastern Time, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) closed the annual H-1B registration process. USCIS will now apply random numeric selection processes (“lotteries”) to select registrations, first under the Regular H-1B Cap and then under the U.S. Master’s Cap. USCIS anticipates notifying those selected by March 31, 2021. Petitioners with selected registrations may proceed with filing H-1B petitions […]

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2021.    The April Visa Bulletin shows fairly significant movement in the Final Action Dates in the EB-1 category for individuals born in China (PRC) and India, rendering the EB-1 category current for all countries of birth. There was also  modest forward movement in Final Action Dates in the EB-2, EB-3, and […]

Since March 20, 2020, the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments have collaborated in restricting non-essential travel across their shared land borders. These restrictions were subsequently extended multiple times, and on March 19, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced another extension of these restrictions for Canada and Mexico.  Per the most recent announcement, the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land […]

On March 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will no longer defend the 2019 Public Charge Final Rule, stating that further defense of the rule “is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources. Consistent with that decision, the Department of Justice will no longer pursue appellate review of judicial […]