Airline passengers aged two and older must show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to enter the United States from any foreign country, effective January 26, 2021. Airlines will deny entry to individuals who fail to provide this proof when boarding their flight to the United States. Those who do not comply with the order are subject to criminal penalties.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has published an amended version of their October 2020 rule which will increase prevailing wage levels for employment-based visas including H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, and certain green cards. The rule is scheduled to go into effect on or around March 14, 2021. Under the amended rule, prevailing wages will increase for most occupations, but not as significantly as they did in the original rule.
During this prerecorded video presentation, immigration attorney Min Kim shares information about the Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B cap season and alternative visa options available. He also covers some common challenges facing employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including what to do when an H-1B worker must work reduced hours.
Effective December 27, 2020, a new United States government spending package and COVID-19 relief bill extends immigration programs that were set to expire, increases the number of H-2B visas available, and provides COVID-19 stimulus relief to US taxpayers, including mixed immigration status families.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is experiencing delays in scheduling and rescheduling biometrics appointments at its application support centers (ASCs). USCIS is working to maximize ASC capacity and reuse previously collected biometrics where legally permissible. The agency has not rescheduled all cancelled appointments and wait times may vary based on geography.
United States immigration policy and enforcement is expected to change significantly under the presidency of Joe Biden. President-elect Joe Biden plans to reverse immigration policies of the Trump presidency and modernize US immigration policies. For employment-based immigration in particular, the Biden administration will likely promote policy that adheres to market demand and benefits employers when the new presidency begins on January 20, 2021.