Major Immigration Updates

July 2021

USDOS Announces NIE Issued By US Embassy/Consulate Valid for Entry to US for 12 Months, Multiple Entries
July 9, 2021

On July 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced an Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the […]

June 2021

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 07/21/2021
June 21, 2021

UPDATED 06/21/2021: 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 […]

USDOS Publishes Update on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions (National Interest Exemptions)
June 15, 2021

Dated June 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State updated its posting regarding the current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and eligible exceptions/exemptions. To view the posting, click here. The June 1, […]

American Council on Education Letter to USDOS Regarding PP10043 Suspending Entry of Students/Researchers from China
June 10, 2021

On June 10, 2021, the American Council on Education (ACE) sent a letter, co-signed by a number of higher education associations, to the U.S. Department of State outlining concerns about […]

May 2021

USDOS Provides Clarification on NIE for China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, India effective 08/01/2021; applies to travel on F-1 OPT/STEM OPT Extension
May 27, 2021

On May 13, 2021 (and again updated on May 27, 2021), U.S. Department of State posted an update to its posting on April 26, 2021 eligibility for National Interest Exemption […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 06/21/2021
May 24, 2021

UPDATED 05/24/2021: 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 […]

Suspension of U.S. Consular Services in Russia
May 4, 2021

The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia website indicates that routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services have been suspended. No date is given regarding the possible resumption of services. This follows a […]

USDOS Provides Updated Guidance on National Interest Exemptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and India
May 1, 2021

On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced that certain individuals (including those in F and M student visa status and certain J exchange visitor categories) traveling to […]

Executive Order Imposing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions to U.S. adds India
May 1, 2021

On April 30, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation/Executive Order adding India to the list of countries subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions for entry to the U.S. within 14 […]

April 2021

Limits to U.S. Visa Services in India
April 28, 2021

On April 27, 2021 the U.S. Department of State announced that all in-person and interview-waiver visa appointments are cancelled at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and the Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, […]