US Immigration Update for October 2022
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US Immigration Update for October 2022

US Immigration Update for October 2022 – At Richards and Jurusik we handle a broad scope of US immigration matters. Our monthly updates provide a sampling of cases we have had approved during the month as well as relevant immigration updates. Come back each month as we keep you up to speed on US Immigration Law.

USCIS UPDATE – USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities through Jan. 24, 2023
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USCIS UPDATE – USCIS Extends COVID-19-related Flexibilities through Jan. 24, 2023

On October 24, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued another extension to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors respond to agency requests through Jan. 24, 2022. With this extension, USCIS has indicated that this will likely be the final extension of these flexibilities. Read more about this USCIS update here.

USCIS UPDATE – Expedited EADs for Healthcare and Childcare Workers
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USCIS UPDATE – Expedited EADs for Healthcare and Childcare Workers

On October 20, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided updated guidance on expedited work authorization (EAD) procedures for qualifying healthcare and childcare workers. The expedited process has been extended to include healthcare workers and childcare workers with valid immigration status and an initial Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization that has been pending for over 90 days.

USCIS UPDATE – Military Naturalization Guidance for Calixto Class Members
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USCIS UPDATE – Military Naturalization Guidance for Calixto Class Members

On October 7, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual as a result of a settlement agreement in Calixto to v. Department of the Army, Civ. A. No. 18-1551 (PLF) (D.D.C.), known as the Calixto Agreement. Effective Sept. 22, 2022, the U.S. Army agreed to certify Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service, for Calixto class members.

USCIS Update – Extension of Temporary Waiver of 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693
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USCIS Update – Extension of Temporary Waiver of 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures on Form I-693

On September 29, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an extension of the temporary waiver of the validity of the civil surgeon’s signature on USCIS Form I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record through March 31, 2023, for all Form I-693s that have not been adjudicated regardless of when the application was filed or signed by the civil surgeon.  

USCIS Update – USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals
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USCIS Update – USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals

On September 28, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that effective Sept. 26, 2022, they will automatically extend the validity of US Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) for 24 months for those who file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

UPDATE – Canada to end ALL COVID-19 Border Restrictions on Oct. 1, 2022
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UPDATE – Canada to end ALL COVID-19 Border Restrictions on Oct. 1, 2022

On September 26, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that starting Oct. 1, 2022, international travelers will be able to enter Canada without providing proof of vaccination, taking a pre-arrival test, or undergoing quarantine. This includes an end to mask requirements on domestic planes and trains, as well as ArriveCAN application prior to entry to Canada.  

USCIS Update – Next Phase of EB-1 and EB-2 I-140 Petitions to begin Sep. 15, 2022
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USCIS Update – Next Phase of EB-1 and EB-2 I-140 Petitions to begin Sep. 15, 2022

On September 15, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the next phase in the Form I-907 Premium Processing expansion for qualifying EB-1 and EB-2 petitioners with pending I-140 Petitions.

US Immigration Update – DHS issues final rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility
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US Immigration Update – DHS issues final rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility

On September 8, 2022, The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility grounds. DHS has vacated the 2019 rule and will rely on the 1999 Field Guidance. This new final rule will be effective December 23, 2022.