US Immigration News

US will re-open land borders to vaccinated travelers beginning November 8 2021

On October 29, 2021 the Department of Homeland Security announced that non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID may enter the U.S. at lands ports of entry, including Canada and Mexico, beginning November 8, 2021. This includes travelers who are entering for non-essential purposes such as social visits to friends and relatives. The new rules also applies to persons traveling by ferry. This announcement removes the restrictions on non-essential travel which have been in place since March 20, 2021. The vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, persons traveling with immigrant visas, or persons under the age...

U.S. rescinds travel bans for vaccinated air travelers beginning November 8 2021

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation removing the geographic travel bans impacting air travelers from China, Iran, the Schengen area, the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India, effective 12:01 Eastern time on Monday, November 8, 2021. As of this date nonimmigrant travelers in all categories, including B-1/2 visitors, will be able to travel to the United States by air. All travelers must show proof of vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to entering the United States. All vaccines approved by the CDC and the World Health Organization will be accepted. This includes Johnson & Johnson,...

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...