USCIS makes March 20, 2020 Signature Flexibility Policy Permanent
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USCIS makes March 20, 2020 Signature Flexibility Policy Permanent

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued yet another extension to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors respond to agency requests through Oct.  23, 2022. In addition, USCIS made March 20, 2020, Signature Policy Permanent. Read more about this USCIS update here.

US Travel Update – CDC Lifts COVID Test for International Air Travel
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US Travel Update – CDC Lifts COVID Test for International Air Travel

On June 10, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rescinded the requirement for a negative pre-departure COVID-19 Test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 for all airlines or other aircraft passengers arriving in the United States from any Foreign Country.

NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line
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NVC UPDATE – National Visa Center (NVC) Suspends Public Inquiry Telephone Line

Effective May 23, 2022, the National Visa Center (NVC) has permanently suspended the public inquiry telephone line. You are no longer able to call the NVC to inquire about your pending applications. Find out how the suspension of the NVC telephone line impacts your ability to contact the NVC.

USCIS accepting I-907 upgrades for multinational executive and manager petitions  filed on or before Jan. 1, 2021
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USCIS accepting I-907 upgrades for multinational executive and manager petitions filed on or before Jan. 1, 2021

On June 1, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began the implementation of premium processing through USCIS Form I-907 for certain pending Form I-140 Immigration Petitions for E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before Jan. 1, 2021. 

USCIS Update – Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions
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USCIS Update – Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions

On May 24, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of premium processing for certain pending Form I-140 Immigration Petitions for Foreign Workers under EB-1 and EB-2 categories. We explain this announcement and who benefits here. 

Automatic EAD Extension increased up to 540 Days
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Automatic EAD Extension increased up to 540 Days

On May 3, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary increase to the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) renewal applicants to up to 540 days. The temporary increase takes effect on May 4, 2022, and is set to expire on Oct. 27, 2023. See if you qualify for the automatic 540-day EAD extension. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Extended for Border and Ferry Travel to the US

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Extended for Border and Ferry Travel to the US

On April 21, 2022, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they will continue to require non-US travelers entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination upon request.

US Immigration Update: Interviews no longer required for all Form I-751 Remove Condition Petitions
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US Immigration Update: Interviews no longer required for all Form I-751 Remove Condition Petitions

Effective immediately, USCIS will use a risk-based approach to determine which Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence will require an interview. This update replaces previous agency guidance that required all CPRs to undergo an interview if they obtained conditional resident status through consular processing. We discuss this update below.

US Immigration Update – Immigrant Visa Processing Update for Montreal Canada
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US Immigration Update – Immigrant Visa Processing Update for Montreal Canada

The US Consulate in Montreal Canada continues to clear case backlogs due to COVID shutdowns. According to the latest update on their website, they are now processing all types of cases with the exception of nonimmigrant visas which are emergency only. We provide an update on Immigrant Visa (IV) processing in Montreal Canada here.