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  • Update on Visa Chargeability for Hong Kong persons from the President’s Executive Order -   Since the President’s July 14, 2020 Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization there has been much concern and confusion about whether and how the Executive Order impacts persons born in Hong Kong. The issue is whether the Executive Order makes individuals born in Hong Kong subject to visa chargeability of mainland born Chinese.  If […]
  • Announcement – Important Notice for K visa applicants affected by COVID-19 -   Effective August 28th, as it becomes safe to resume more consular operations at each U.S. mission, posts are authorized to give K visa cases high priority.  Applicants should check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updates on what services that post is currently able to offer. The I-129F Petition for […]
  • Announcement – DOS Expands NIV In-Person Interview Waivers -   The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive in-person interviews for individuals applying for non-immigrant visas in the same visa classification. Previously, only those applicants whose non-immigrant visas had expired within the previous 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver.  Now, DOS has expanded […]
  • House of Representatives Passes Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act -   On Saturday, August 22, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act (H.R. 8089). The legislation seeks to temporarily prevent planned furloughs by the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (“USCIS”) by immediately increasing USCIS premium processing revenues. In May 2020, USCIS notified Congress of a massive projected […]
  • Announcement: DOS Provides Update on Public Charge Inadmissibility Following Temporary Injunction -   Following a nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge temporarily blocking Public Charge inadmissibility from being enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of State (“DOS”) will be updating its guidance to consular officers on how to proceed while the injunction remains in effect. In the interim, DOS will not be […]
  • Announcement: USCIS Filing Fee Changes to Become Effective on October 2, 2020 -   The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has posted for public inspection an advanced copy of a final rule that will significantly alter many fees the USCIS charges for services, including adding new fees, establishing multiple fees for nonimmigrant worker petitions, and limiting the number of beneficiaries for certain forms. Across all services, […]
  • Announcement: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks DOS and DHS from Implementing Public Charge Inadmissibility -   A United States federal judge issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking the Department of State (“DOS”) and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) from enforcing Public Charge inadmissibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge George McDaniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the order due […]
  • Announcement: DHS Issues Revised Policy on Foreign Students Outside the United States -   A week after United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) rescinded it’s earlier policy requiring foreign students to depart the United States if their educational institutions were moving to full-time online courses for fall semester 2020, DHS has announced that foreign students not currently enrolled as of March 9, 2020 will “likely not be […]
  • Announcement: CDC Issues One Month Extension on Immigrant Visa Medical Evaluations -   The United States Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has approved a one-month extension on medical evaluations conducted for immigrant visa applications between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.  Immigrant visa applicants who obtained medical clearances as well as those who had their immigrant visas issued but were unable to travel due to movement […]
  • Congratulations to David Enterline – 25 years as an American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) member -   Congratulations to David Enterline who has reached 25 years as an American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) member. AILA is the 15,000+ association of U.S. and international lawyers who practice U.S. immigration law. During his membership, David has been active as a member in the Asia-Pacific Chapter serving in various roles of leadership in the Chapter.  […]