Immigration Law

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Diversity Visa (DV-2020) Update (Sept. 17, 2020)
Posted on 18 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State, Sept. 17, 2020 "On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department must make good-faith efforts to expeditiously schedule, process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity... Read More

Court Nixes Quarantine for DV-2020 Winners
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gomez v. Trump, amended order, Sept. 14, 2020 "According to the State Department, the five Regional Proclamations legally compel the Department to impose and enforce the Quarantine Requirement before it can issue a visa to any DV-2020 applicant... Read More

DOS Diversity Visa (DV-2020) Update (Sept. 15, 2020)
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 15, 2020 "On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department must make good-faith efforts to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa... Read More

DOS FAQ on J Visa Processing, Presidential Proclamation 10052
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 15, 2020 "Presidential Proclamation 10052 (P.P. 10052) suspends the issuance of visas to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair... Read More

DOS Updates: DV-2020 Diversity Visas; K Visas
Posted on 10 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Sept. 9, 2020 - Diversity Visa (DV-2020) Update "On September 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in Gomez v. Trump that the Department must make good-faith efforts to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV... Read More

CA2 Passport Victory: Alzokari v. Pompeo
Posted on 26 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alzokari v. Pompeo "This case presents a question of first impression for this Court: can the Department revoke a citizen’s United States passport on the ground that he concealed his identity in applying for the passport, where the citizen... Read More

DOS Expands Waiver Interview Eligibility
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Aug. 25, 2020 "Secretary Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa... Read More

Aug. 12, 2020 DOS Update to National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 & 10052
Posted on 12 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 12, 2020 "On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspended the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through December 31, 2020.... Read More

DOS Update on Public Charge (Aug. 7, 2020)
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 7, 2020 "On Wednesday, July 29, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined the Department of State from “enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective” the Department’s... Read More

DOS: National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations (10014 & 10052)
Posted on 31 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, July 30, 2020 "On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through December 31, 2020. P... Read More

State Department Visa/Consular Updates (July 14-17, 2020)
Posted on 20 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 17, 2020 - Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations (10014 & 10052) Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Presenting a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak... Read More

DOS Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials
Posted on 26 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, June 26, 2020 U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restricting Human Rights "President Trump promised to punish... Read More

DOS Update on H and J Visas for Medical Professionals (Mar. 26, 2020)
Posted on 26 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 26, 2020 "We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy... Read More

DOS on H2 Visas (Mar. 26, 2020)
Posted on 26 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 26, 2020 "In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates as of March 20, 2020. As... Read More

DOS on Public Charge: FAM, DS-5540
Posted on 23 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Feb. 21, 2020 the State Department posted a FAM update and a new form DS-5540 , both set to take effect on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Note that the DS-5540 has an "estimated burden" of 4.5 hours. Read More