Immigration News

USCIS updates FY2022 Employment-Based Adjustment of Status FAQs

On June 16, 2022 USCIS updated the "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding the efforts of USCIS to use up the unprecedented number of employment-based Green Cards available in fiscal year 2022, which ends September 20, 2022. USCIS estimates that 280,000 employment based Green Cards will be available, double the usual annual total. This is due to the large number of family based visas that have gone unused due to consular closings related to COVID. USCIS is urging anyone with an approved I-140 with a current priority date to either file an adjustment application now, or apply to transfer a pending adjustment...

U.S. drops COVID test requirement for travel to U.S.

On June 10, 2022, the Center for Disease Control announced that travelers flying to the United States will no longer need a negative COVID test, beginning June 12, 2022. There has never been a test requirement at land ports of entry. The new rule applies to all travelers regardless of vaccination status or nationality. There is still a vaccination requirement for persons who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents. Nonimmigrants, such as tourists, students, and temporary workers, are required to provide proof of vaccination before boarding a plane to the U.S. This applies to both essential and non-essential travel. There...

Parent born in Canada? You’re Canadian!

Was your mother or father born or naturalized in Canada? Under recent amendments to Canada's Citizenship Act, nearly all persons whose parent was born or naturalized in Canada are now Canadian citizens. This is true even if your parent left Canada as a child; married an American citizen (or other non-Canadian); or became a U.S. citizen (or citizen of another country). These new laws apply to the first generation born abroad. So if your mother or father was born in Canada you are likely a citizen. However, with some important exceptions, your own children are generally not Canadian citizens if they...

Canada to re-open Express Entry draws in July 2022.

Most economic and employment based permanent immigration to Canada is funneled through the Express Entry system. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker class, the Canada Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades class, and a part of the Provincial Nominee class. Express Entry is a competitive points-based system in which points are awarded for factors including language ability in English and French; education; skilled work experience; age; and the availability of a job offer in Canada. About every two weeks, the top ranking candidates in the Express Entry "pool" are invited to submit applications for permanent residence. Due to COVID related...

Canada ends COVID test requirement for travel to Canada

On March 17, 2022, Canada announced that COVID tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated persons seeking admission to Canada, effective April 1, 2022. This applies to all travelers, including Canadian citizens and visitors. Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers may be randomly selected to take an arrival COVID test at land ports or entry. The requirement for random testing at airports has been suspended as of June 11, 2022 for fully vaccinated travelers. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be admitted to Canada for any legal purpose including tourism, subject to general Canadian immigration...

EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act signed into law

On March 15, 2022 President Biden signed into law the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 ("RIA"). This law makes major changes to the EB-5 program. Most importantly, the new law revives the Regional Center program, which sunset on June 30, 2021. Ninety percent of all EB-5 petitions are filed under the Regional Center program. Changes brought about by the new law include the following: The Regional Center program is extended to September 30, 2027. The minimum investment for Targeted Employment Areas is raised from $500,000 to $800,000. The minimum investment for non-TEA investments is raised from $1,000,000 to...