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  • Potential Waivers for COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Immigrants -   All immigrants to the U.S. must pass a medical examination prior to their visa interview. One of the criteria determined at the medical examination is whether the intending immigrant has received vaccinations required to be eligible to immigrate. Beginning October 1, 2021, most immigrants will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before receiving […]
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  • USCIS Continues its additional 60 Days for Responding to Agency Requests -   The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that in response to the ongoing COVID pandemic, it is once again extending flexibility that it announced on March 30, 2020 in responding to agency requests. The USCIS is granting an additional 60 calendar days to respond to following requests: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to […]
  • DOS Authorizes F, M and J Academic Visa Interview Waivers Through End of 2021 -   As an additional measure aimed at reducing visa application backlogs and freeing up available resources at U.S. Embassies and Consulates, the United States Department of State (“DOS”) will allow consular officers to waive in-person interviews for F, M, and J academic visas. The new DOS policy, which will run until the end of the […]
  • DOS Updates on Immigrant Visa Processing Delays -   The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced updates to the tiered approach to remove backlogs and resume normal consular operations at embassies and consulates that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to DOS, Tier 1, which includes immediate relative intercountry adoption visas and age-out cases will also accept emergency […]
  • USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months with Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829 -   Starting September 4, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is extending the time that receipt notices can be used to show evidence of status from 18 months to 24 months for petitioners who properly filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence and Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove […]
  • What Vaccinations are Applicants Required to Have to Immigrate to the United States? -   To protect the health of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other people in the United States from communicable diseases, intending immigrants to the United States are required to be vaccinated against certain diseases to receive an immigrant visa.   The diseases currently required to be vaccinated against are: Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis Polio Measles Mumps Rubella […]
  • A DS-261 Online Choice of Agent Form Cannot Be Used as a Substitute to Replace a U.S. Attorney’s G-28 in Immigration Matter -   United States licensed attorneys representing clients before the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) or the Department of State (“DOS”) submit a Form G-28 Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative (“Form G-28”). Submitting a Form G-28 notifies DHS and DOS that this person is being represented by an attorney.  This is […]
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Immigrant Visa Applicants Beginning October 1 2021 -   Beginning October 1, 2021, all immigrant visa applicants will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a medical clearance prerequisite. Medical evaluations, which are regulated by the United States Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), require immigrant visa applicants to meet certain health and vaccination standards before an immigrant visa can be issued. Under […]
  • Update on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program -   The EB-5 Immigrant Investor “Regional Center” Program (“Program”) lapsed on June 30, 2021 due to the failure of the U.S. Congress to extend or reauthorize it before that date.  Congress has not yet passed a law to reauthorize the Program. Separately As a result, any investor and family members who do not already have […]