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On April, 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that Presidential Proclamation 10052 expired on March 31, 2021. While it was widely expected that the Biden administration would opt against further extensions of the proclamation, the DOS announcement confirms the expiration of the restrictions, allowing U.S. employers to […]

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 […]

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is in the process of reviewing a draft regulation submitted by the Department of Labor (DOL) that is expected to revise wage level methodologies and requirements for the H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, and PERM labor certification application programs. The PERM labor certification application is the first step in the three-step […]

Nearly four months after U.S. consular posts around the world shut down routine visa services due to COVID-19, the U.S. State Department announced via Twitter on July 13 that beginning on July 15, certain U.S. consulates may begin the phased resumption of routine visa services. U.S. consulates will not reopen in unison, but rather each consulate’s reopening will be based on the specific local conditions […]