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On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule titled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States”. This rule was the Trump Administration’s response to the federal court having set aside the October 8, 2020 interim final rule of the same […]

On January 25, 2021 President Biden’s Administration withdrew a proposed rule that sought to end eligibility for employment authorization documents (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders that had reached certain milestones in the permanent residency process. The proposed rule rescinding H-4 eligibility for EAD cards had been pending review at the Office of Management and Budget since February […]

On January 26, 2021, Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors formally rescinding the Zero-Tolerance for Offenses Under 8 U.S.C. 1325(a) policy implemented by the Trump administration on April 6, 2018.    Under the now rescinded zero-tolerance policy, any non-U.S. citizen who entered or attempted to enter the United States without inspection or was granted entry […]

On Monday, January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation that reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions for certain non-U.S. citizens traveling from the Schengen area, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, or South Africa to the U.S. These travel restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely, subject to review by the Secretary of Health and Human Services every 30 days.  Similar travel restrictions that have been in place since […]