Immigration Law

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Wang v. Blinken: "A Deep Disappointment"
Posted on 14 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, July 14, 2021 "On July 9, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in Wang v. Blinken , No. 20-5076 (D.C. Cir. 2021), interpreting INA § 203(d) to include the counting of derivatives... Read More

Tags: mehta , visas , Blinken

Expert: Business Visa Categories Outmoded
Posted on 10 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hannah Miao, CNBC, June 10, 2021 “We have not revamped our legal immigration categories, including business immigration, since 1990. Some of those categories are out of alignment with our needs in the United States today,” said Stephen Yale... Read More

Biden Revokes Trump's "No Health Insurance, No Green Card" Proclamation
Posted on 16 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, May 14, 2021 "A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 9945 The suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 9945 of October 4, 2019 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System... Read More

DOS: NIEs for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland (Apr. 26, 2021)
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 26, 2021 "On April 26, 2021, the Secretary of State made a national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) 9984, 9992, and 10143 related to the spread of... Read More

Employers of Visa Workers Remain in Limbo After Trump Ban’s End
Posted on 14 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Genevieve Douglas, Bloomberg Law, Apr. 13, 2021 "Employers of temporary visa holders are unlikely to see a quick return to normal even after last month’s expiration of a Trump order barring entry to the U.S. for certain foreign workers in... Read More

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Updates to National Interest Exceptions for Regional COVID Proclamations (Apr. 8, 2021)
Posted on 9 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Apr. 8, 2021 "The Secretary has determined that the travel of immigrants, fiancé(e) visa holders, certain exchange visitors, and pilots and aircrew traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery... Read More

Visa Services Operating Status Update (Apr. 6, 2021)
Posted on 7 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 6, 2021 "Visa Services Operating Status Update Last Updated: April 6, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services... Read More

DOS Expands NIV Interview Waivers
Posted on 11 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 11, 2021 "Secretary Blinken, 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... Read More

DOS: 45-Day Review Following the Revocation of Proclamations 9645 and 9983
Posted on 11 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Mar. 8, 2021 "On January 20, President Biden signed Proclamation 10141, “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” President Biden has made clear that the now-rescinded Proclamations 9645 and 9983 were a stain... Read More

DOS on Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 (Mar. 10, 2021)
Posted on 11 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Mar. 10, 2021 Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 "On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation... Read More

DOS Visa News (Feb. 24, 2021)
Posted on 25 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Feb. 24, 2021 DOS posted four items to its "Visa News" web page: Feb 24, 2021 Extension of Presidential Proclamation 10052 Feb 24, 2021 National Interest Exceptions to Presidential Proclamation 10052 Suspending the Entry of Nonimmigrants... Read More

Biden Revokes IV Ban
Posted on 24 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Feb. 24, 2021 - A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014 "The suspension of entry imposed in Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During... Read More

Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate
Posted on 3 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caleb Hampton, New York Times, Feb. 3, 2021 "A State Department official said in federal court last month that, as of Dec. 31, more than 380,000 immigrant visa applicants were awaiting a consular interview. Immigration experts said it would take... Read More

Expert: Houston Chef Hits Trump's "Invisible Wall"
Posted on 8 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 7, 2021 "Every day Chef Sanjay Kumar Kashyap whipped up 30 fresh recipes for a vegetarian Thali-style Indian restaurant in southwest Houston. In a month, he prepared a whopping 900 different curries, dals... Read More

DOS on Extension of Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052
Posted on 5 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Jan. 1, 2021 "On December 31, 2020, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market . This proclamation extends... Read More