Major Immigration Updates

December 2021

USCBP Lifts U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions at Land/Ferry Border Crossings, Requires Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination
December 29, 2021

On December 23, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) announced that it has lifted the restrictions on “Non-Essential Travel” (e.g., for tourism purposes) for fully vaccinated individuals traveling through […]

USDOS Extends Discretion for Consulates to Waive In-Person Visa Interviews For Certain Nonimmigrants Through End of 2022
December 29, 2021

On December 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced that it has extended authorization to consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants – […]

Travel Restrictions to the U.S. from 8 Countries of Southern Africa REVOKED, effective December 31, 2021
December 29, 2021

On December 28, 2021, U.S. President Joseph Biden issued a Proclamation that revokes the prohibition on entry to the U.S. by non-U.S. citizens who had been physically present in 8 […]

USDOS Publishes Revised Policy on Determining Nonimmigrant Intent for Student Visa Applicants
December 20, 2021

On December 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) providing guidance to visa officers on assessing “nonimmigrant intent” by student visa applicants (F-1 and […]

U.S. Updates Travel Requirements –Negative COVID-19 Test within 1 Day of Travel to U.S.
December 3, 2021

On December 2, 2021, U.S. President Biden announced new actions to combat COVID-19, which included an update that all travelers to the U.S. must have proof of a negative COVID-19 […]

November 2021

U.S. Announces Travel Restrictions From 8 Countries of Southern Africa
November 27, 2021

UPDATE: 12/29/2021: Effective December 31, 2021, the travel restrictions to the U.S. from the 8 countries of Southern Africa will be revoked. For details, please click here. ALL travelers are […]

USDOS Issues Final Rule Updating NAFTA with USMCA; Visa Classifications Remain Unchanged
November 9, 2021

On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced a final rule that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), effective […]

USDHS Announces Fully Vaccinated Travelers Permitted to Enter U.S. at Land and Ferry Border Crossings, Effective November 8, 2021
November 3, 2021

On October 29, 2021 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that travelers providing documentation confirming they are fully vaccinated for COVID will be able to enter the U.S. for […]

October 2021

Presidential Proclamation Lifts Travel Bans and Establishes Vaccine/Testing Requirements For Air Travel to U.S., Effective November 8
October 29, 2021

UPDATE 12/03/2021: U.S. Updates Travel Requirements – Negative COVID-19 Test within 1 Day of Travel to U.S., effective December 6, 2021; vaccination requirements remain unchanged from Presidential Proclamation effective November […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 01/21/2022
October 21, 2021

UPDATED 10/21/2021: USDHS/USCBP has posted to the Federal Register that the Non-Essential travel restriction at land ports of entry between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an […]