US Immigration News

Coronavirus impacts US border travel and immigration

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on travel to the United States, processing of US visa applications overseas, and processing of immigration applications in the United States. Air travel to the United States from China, Iran, Europe (the Schengen Area), Ireland, the UK and more recently Brazil, South Africa and India has been limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, certain close relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, spouses and children of citizens and permanent residents, and other listed exceptions, including the National Interest Exceptions (NIE). These are issued by consulates. The White House announced on September 20...

State Department clarifies immigrant visa priorities

On August 30, 2021 the United States Department of State clarified how it is prioritizing the processing of immigrant visa applications. The State Department has created four tiers of visa applications, and are scheduling appointments focused on the higher tiers. Some appointments, however, however, will be scheduled for all tiers each month. In addition, the State Department may, on request, expedite cases from any tier if the beneficiary will work at a facility engaged in pandemic response. The tiers are as follows: Tier One: Immediate relative adoptions, age out cases, Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan and Iraqi nationals working with...