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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO LIFT REGIONAL COVID-19 TRAVEL BANS AND REPLACE WITH GLOBAL VACCINATION REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS

The American Immigration Lawyers Association and various news outlets are reporting that, effective early November 2021, the Biden administration intends to:

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U.S. Land Border Restrictions on Travel From Canada and Mexico Extended Through October 21

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to implement the ban on “non-essential” travel across U.S. land borders and ferry travel with Canada and Mexico through October 21, 2021, according to a set of notifications to be published in the Federal Register. 

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Market research analysts now qualify for H-1B visas

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will now recognise 'market research analysts' as a specialty occupation eligible for H-1B visas.

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Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

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US immigration reforms: Setback for Indians looking to pay 'super fee' for green card

In a setback to Indians stuck in decades-long green card backlog, US Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has ruled that immigration reforms proposed by the Democrats cannot be part of the reconciliation bill.

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October 2021 Visa Bulletin – USCIS Allows Use of “Dates for Filing” Chart, Which Advances for EB-2 India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2021, revealing a mix of backward and forward movement on the “Dates for Filing” chart while holding steady on the “Final Action Dates” chart.

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USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Texas Service Center

As part of our credit card payment pilot program, the Texas Service Center is now accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for petitioners filing Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, with Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, or when filing Form I-907 to upgrade a pending Form I-140 to premium processing.

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COURT VACATES RULE FAVORING HIGH-WAGE EARNERS IN H-1B CAP SELECTION PROCESS

A federal district court has struck down a legacy Trump administration rule that would have replaced the annual H-1B cap lottery with a scheme to favor high-wage earners.

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Federal District Court Vacates DHS Regulation to Replace H-1B Cap Lottery with Wage Level Selection Process

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s motion for summary judgment in the Chamber’s lawsuit challenging a regulation that would replace the current H-1B cap lottery system with a wage level prioritization system.

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Visa interviews waived for certain F, M foreign students and J exchange visitors

The Biden Administration has further relaxed the visa requirements for international students, researchers, and academic and cultural exchange visitors.  

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