China's Accession to Hague's Apostille Convention Expected to Streamline EB-5 Processing
On March 8, 2023, China officially acceded to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, also known as the “Apostille Convention”. The Apostille Convention is an international treaty that simplifies the process of authenticating public documents...
Asylum Seekers and Third Country Agreement
The Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is an agreement between Canada and the United States that allows refugees to make asylum claims in Canada only if they have first made a claim in the United States, or vice versa. The agreement was signed in 2002 and came into effect in 2004. The STCA has...
NEW PAROLE PROGRAM FOR VENEZUELANS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a New Parole Program for Venezuelans who seek to enter the United States. To be eligible for the program Venezuelans must apply online to be granted parole and prove (1) they have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide housing...
Filipino Wwii Vets Parole & Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program Reopened
The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program and the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program, which aim to reunite eligible U.S. citizens and residents with certain family members who live abroad and who are waiting in long immigrant visa backlogs, have been reopened. U.S...
Biden Administration Plans to Rescind Covid-19 Travel Bans
Today President Biden announced that the United States will be putting in place strict protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from passengers flying internationally into the United States, by requiring that adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States be fully vaccinated. This...
INTERVIEW WAIVED FOR SOME F, M AND J ACADEMIC VISAS
International students are now and have always been among the Department of State’s highest priorities. The Department recognizes the important contributions these students make to our college and university campuses; the positive impact they have on U.S. communities; and the rich benefits of...
Court Affirms The Department Of State’S Policy To Count Dependents Toward Eb-5 Visa Cap
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that family members count toward a cap on visas. The ruling found that spouses and children of EB-5 investors must be included in the tally with the annua; 10,000 visas in the EB-5 program.
A panel of three judges...
Extension and Redesignation of Somalia for TPS
On June 19, 2021, The Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.
The extension of TPS for Somalia allows approximately 447 current beneficiaries to...
President Biden’s Immigration Reform Proposal is Introduced in Congress
This month President Biden’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, was formally introduced in Congress. The bill features a path to permanent residence and citizenship for qualifying undocumented foreign nationals and those holding Deferred Action for...
State Department Exempts Foreign Students from Travel Restriction
On February 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced a new set of exemptions that will allow foreign students, who are currently studying in the United States, to return to the U.S. automatically, despite President Joe Biden's across-the-board travel restrictions.
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