Major Immigration Updates

January 2023

USDOS Extends Discretion for Consulates to Waive In-Person Visa Interviews For Certain Nonimmigrants Through End of 2023
December 24, 2023

On December 23, 2022, the U.S. Department of State announced that it has again extended authorization to consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants […]

Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement For Air Passengers Entering the U.S. from China, Effective January 5, 2023
December 29, 2022

On December 28, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that travelers who have physically been present in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including Special […]

U.S. Embassy/Consulates In China Announce Visa Services Suspended For Non-U.S. Citizens – effective December 15, 2022
December 19, 2022

Based on an alert posted over the weekend by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Mission China, effective December 15, 2022 the U.S. Embassy and Consular Offices in China […]

June 2022

CDC Rescinds Order Requiring Negative COVID-19 Test Prior to Flight to U.S.; Full COVID-19 Vaccination Still Required
June 11, 2022

On June 10, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the order issued on December 2, 2021 requiring a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation […]

May 2022

MIT Issues Updated Remote Appointment Guidance for 2022-2023 Academic Year
May 7, 2022

The MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC) released updated guidance on Remote Appointments effective for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. MIT will continue to expect all enrolled students to be […]

April 2022

DHS Extends COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Non-U.S. Travelers Entering U.S. via Land/Ferry Ports of Entry
April 21, 2022

On April 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it has extended the requirements that all non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident travelers entering the U.S. by a Land or Ferry […]

USCIS Final Rule Expands Premium Processing
April 4, 2022

On March 30, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule titled Implementation of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. Of note in the new rule is expanding […]

February 2022

State Department Provides Important Update/FAQ on Expansion of J-1 Academic Training in STEM Fields
February 18, 2022

The U.S. Department of State has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to the bottom of their announcement of January 21, 2022 that it will expand J-1 Academic Training employment […]

January 2022

State Department Expands J-1 Academic Training for Undergraduate or Pre-Doctoral Degree Programs in STEM
January 27, 2022

February 18, 2022: USDOS Posts Update/FAQ on Expansion of J-1 Academic Training In STEM Fields — Clarifies Limits on AT to Length of Academic Program (Please read this linked announcement) […]

USDHS Adds 22 Fields to STEM Designated Degree Program List
January 27, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it has added 22 fields of study, and corresponding Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes […]