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U Visas for Victims of Crimes

Foreign national religious workers are eligible for R visas to work in the United States if they meet certain conditions. In this video presentation, Chugh, LLP Immigration Attorney Jacqueline Valle shares an overview of which individuals qualify for the R visa, what the process is like to obtain an R-1 visa, and finally, how to file a green card for a religious worker.

R Visas for Religious Workers

Foreign national religious workers are eligible for R visas to work in the United States if they meet certain conditions. In this video presentation, Chugh, LLP Immigration Attorney Jacqueline Valle shares an overview of which individuals qualify for the R visa, what the process is like to obtain an R-1 visa, and finally, how to file a green card for a religious worker.

USCIS to Allow Phone Calls to Reschedule Biometrics Appointments

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will now accept phone calls to reschedule biometric services appointments. Applicants, petitioners, requestors, and beneficiaries should call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to reschedule. Applicants will no longer need to submit written requests to reschedule biometrics appointments. With this change, USCIS aims to make biometrics services more efficient.

DHS Rescinds Proposed Biometrics Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) withdrew a proposed rule that would have expanded DHS’s authority to gather biometrics by removing age restrictions and requiring biometrics to be submitted for every individual filing, including for every applicant, petitioner, sponsor, and beneficiary. The proposed rule also would have given DHS the authority to use additional biometric test types and would have codified the agency’s ability to use DNA test results.

Biometrics Requirements Suspended for Certain Visa Categories Submitting Form I-539

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will suspend biometric requirements for certain Forms I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status for a two-year period starting on May 17, 2021. The suspension will affect individuals in visa categories H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2, and E-3 that have not obtained a biometric service appointment notice and are pending on May 17, 2021, or that are new applicants between May 17, 2021 and May 23, 2022. USCIS will not refund payments that have already been made.

President Biden Plans to Impose New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for India

The Biden Administration is expected to restrict travel from India due to the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases and new variants in the country. The policy is a direct response to recommendations from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and is expected to go into effect on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time. Travelers who have been physically present in India during the last 14 days will have until Monday, May 3 to enter the United States before the ban goes into effect.

USCIS Directs Officers to Defer to Previous Decisions on Extension Requests

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated the USCIS Policy Manual to direct officers to defer to prior determinations when adjudicating extension requests that involve the same parties and facts. If there is a material error, material change, or new material fact in an extension request, the officer should consider the new information.

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