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Jun 26, 2020

Executive Order Update – Department of State Advises it Will NOT Issue Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas through December 31, 2020

Quick Takeaways: • Changes now in effect. • Unless subject to an exception, U.S. Department of State will not issue new or renewed nonimmigrant visas in the effected classes until December 31, 2020. • Likewise, suspension of immigrant visa issuance also extended through December 31, 2020. • No timeline on resumption of routine, in-person visa services.

Jun 4, 2019

Department of State Implements ‘Extreme Vetting’ Social Media Questions on Form DS-160 and Form DS-260

On Friday, May 31, 2019, the Department of State (“DOS”) updated the online immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications, Form DS-260 and Form DS-160, to include a question inquiring about the history of an applicant’s social media use. The new question requires applicants to fully disclose all the social media accounts they have used within the last five years by providing all their usernames and handles, but not passwords. Learn more in this blog.

Jan 10, 2018

El Salvador TPS Status to be terminated as of Sept. 9, 2019

On January 8, 2018, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation f...

Jul 21, 2017

Attention Employers: USCIS Released New Form I-9, Use Mandatory as of Sept. 18, 2017

This week, USCIS issued a new Form I-9 (edition date: 7/17/2017) that all employers must begin using for new-hire verifications starting on or afte...

Jun 5, 2017

Department of State Secures Approval for ‘Extreme Vetting’ Questionnaire

As detailed in an earlier post, On May 23, the Trump Administration obtained approval by the Office of Management and Budget to implement a supplem...

May 16, 2017

Department of State Drafts Emergency Regulations to Implement “extreme vetting” for Certain US Visa Applicants

In a Federal Register Notice published earlier this month, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has requested emergency regulatory appr...