In this newsletter, we will keep you updated on important U.S. Immigration events and activities for the month of November. We are excited to bring the below update available to you:
BIDEN’S ADMINISTRATION ISSUES NEW RULES ON DEPORTATION
It looks like much flexibility are being introduced by President Biden’s administration, as is the case of immigration, with the new policy guiding the arrests of undocumented migrants. On September 30, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Mayorkas, announced a policy shift on the arrest and deportation of undocumented migrants. He explained that such arrests and deportation would now be limited to immigrants and non-citizens who threaten national security, public safety, and border security. It would also include those who recently (after November 1, 2020) crossed the Southern border illegally. He explained that the policy shift would pardon undocumented immigrants who have lived in the USA for years because most of them have been contributing members for years now. This includes frontline workers in the battle against Covid, teachers, leaders of congregations of faiths, etc. The deportation and arrest would focus on undocumented immigrants suspected of or engaged in criminal activities, terrorism, etc. This policy will be implemented through May 2022.
UPDATE ON U.S. TRAVEL POLICY REQUIRING COVID-19 VACCINATION
Effective November 8, all non-citizen, non-immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three (3) days of travel to the United States prior to boarding. This applies to all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. Unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to test within one (1) day of departure. Learn more.
EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION DOCUMENT (EAD) APPROVAL DELAYS CONTINUE FOR EB-2 VISA APPLICANTS
The lengthy processing times of the Employment Authorization Document (a work permit issued to prove an individual’s right to work) lingers on months after the era of Covid for the EB-2 Visa Holders. Before Covid, there was a backlog in application reviews. Still, with the advent of Covid, the situation was heightened due to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) being understaffed. Lengthy processing affects employees and employers as the former is at the risk of being out of a job. At the same time, the latter is prone to being understaffed. We suggest you get legal advice should your case be pending or you have the intention to apply for EAD. Likewise, if your organization may be affected by this.
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Martins I. Imudia, PhD
Attorney at Law & Director
Center for U.S. Immigration Services
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