Beginning in November 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the United States across its land and ferry borders with Canada and Mexico for non-essential travel. Foreign nationals that are not fully vaccinated will not be permitted to travel across US land and ferry borders for non-essential purposes through January 21, 2022.
Online registration for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery is officially open starting today, October 6, 2021 at 12 PM eastern time (ET). The DV lottery will accept online applications until Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12 PM ET. 55,000 DV applicants will be randomly selected to receive green cards. Lottery selections will be announced in May 2022 and selected foreign nationals can submit their green card applications starting October 1, 2022.
Entrepreneurship is allowed for H-1B visa holders, but they must meet certain conditions to maintain their H-1B status. Join this conversation with Partner and Attorney Diya Mathews for more information on how H-1B visa holders can start and manage businesses in the US. She also covers how foreign nationals can take extended leave while on the H-1B visa.
Congress has passed a temporary budget to fund the government through December 3, 2021. The bill contains measures to continue to fund immigration services, however the fiscal year (FY) 2022 federal budget and its immigration reforms are still under debate. President Biden is expected to sign the short-term bill today, avoiding a government shutdown on October 1, 2021.