Many foreign nationals travel abroad and renew their visas during this time of year. This process, however, is becoming more challenging, restrictive, and time-consuming with COVID still raging around the world. In January, the Biden Administration reinstated COVID-19 Travel Bans from Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. Additionally, they added South Africa to that list. Travelers physically present in the affected countries will be banned from entering the U.S. until the ban is […]Continue Reading
In 2017, President Trump placed an initial travel ban on seven countries. See our prior coverage of the travel ban. On January 31 of this year, he released another Proclamation, expanding the travel ban to six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. This expansion will go into effect on February 21, 2020. The total number of countries now on the restricted travel list stands at 13. This ban places visa and entry […]Continue Reading
You must check your electronic I-94 admission record every time you re-enter the United States. It is evidence of your legal status and status expiration date. If your record contains incorrect information, contact a CBP Deferred Inspection office as soon as possible. Download this PDF guide.Continue Reading
Yes, ongoing delays and RFEs ahead for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as well as Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. As of September 2018, processing times at the National Benefits Center (NBC) for these forms were as follows: For I-765 applications based on pending I-485 adjustment of status applications: anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 months. For all other I-765 applications for employment authorization: 5-7 months. For I-131 applications:5 to 6.5 months. For the […]Continue Reading
The answer depends on a number of factors. What type of petition have you filed? Is your current visa expired? Are you changing employers? Download this FAQs PDF to learn more.Continue Reading
Is It Possible to Extend My ESTA Admission Beyond 90 Days?
Many foreigners enter the United States using ESTA and ask us whether they can extend this status. The answer for most applicants is: no. If you need to stay for longer than 90 days, you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Instead, you can apply for a visitor B visa. The requirements for the B visa are similar to the Visa Waiver program. You can […]Continue Reading