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USCIS Notice Extending and Re-designating Syria and Venezuela for TPS

USCIS announced a notice extending the designation of Syria for TPS for 18 months, from 3/31/21 through 9/30/22, while redesignating Venezuela for TPS from 3/9/21 through 9/9/22.

TPS – or Temporary Protected Status – is a status designated to nationals from certain countries experiencing political or natural events that prevent them from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. 

To be eligible for TPS, one must:

  • Be a national of a country designated for TPS, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country;
  • File during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of your country’s TPS designation (If you are a late initial filer, see the Filing Late section below);
  • Have been continuously physically present in the United States since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and
  • Have been continuously residing in the United States since the date specified for your country. The law allows an exception to the continuous physical presence and continuous residence requirements for brief, casual and innocent departures from the United States.

DOL Delay of Effective Date of Final Rule on Computation of Prevailing Wage Levels

The Department of Labor officially announced that the final determination of the Prevailing Wage rule for the H-1B lottery, introduced at the tail end of the Trump administration, would be delayed until May 14th, 2021, and would not affect the FY 2022 H-1B visa lottery.

The outgoing Trump administration introduced a number of controversial changes to the H-1B program prior to leaving office. These policies are not currently being implemented, and have either been delayed indefinitely, or are still facing ongoing challenges, as well as discussion periods to determine their effectiveness. 

In the News

Biden faces tough balancing act on infrastructure as pressure builds on immigration, gun control (USA Today)

“As the administration grapples with what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has described as the biggest surge of migrants at the southern border in 20 years, the White House has signaled that immigration is rapidly becoming a priority. Last week, Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House effort to deal with influx, a role similar to the one he took as vice president, and sent a team of envoys to meet with Mexican government officials on a joint strategy to stem the tide.”

America’s immigration impasse is self-inflicted. It doesn’t have to be (NBC News)

“America’s immigration impasse — an endless loop across different administrations — is largely self-inflicted, because Congress has repeatedly failed to acknowledge one simple thing: Immigration happens. Accordingly, immigration laws must be continually adjusted, reformed and revised, experts say.”

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