US 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...

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...