CRS Reports on the Visa Waiver Program

Visa Waiver Program

The Congressional Research Service, on October 12, 2021, released a report evaluating the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows nationals from certain countries to visit the United States for business or pleasure without having to obtain a visa. The program aims to boost tourism and strengthen national security.  While the consensus is that the VWP …

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The U.S Secretary of State Added Croatia to the Visa Waiver Program

Starting December 1, 2021, citizens of Croatia are eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver program. The program permits citizens of 40 countries including Croatia to enter the U.S. as visitors for business or pleasure for up to 90 days without first obtaining a U.S. visa. To qualify, each eligible applicant from a Visa Waiver …

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Court Orders USCIS to Issue an RFE to Certain Employment Based Applicants

Court Orders USCIS to Issue an RFE to Certain Employment Based Applicants

A federal judge ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should have sent a Request for Evidence (RFE) to an Indian executive beneficiary of an employment-based immigrant visa petition, in addition to the petitioning employer. The case involves a federal statute that allows a foreign national to switch jobs while their adjustment application remains pending. The …

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ICE Issues Its Interim Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities

ICE Issues Its Interim Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on May 27, 2021, issued its interim guidance on civil immigration enforcement priorities, giving prosecutors more discretion to decide which immigration cases to pursue. Attorneys of the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) are responsible for initiating removal proceedings against a person based on the factors outlined in the …

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June 2021 Updated Information on COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry to the United States

June 2021 Updated Information on COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry to the United States

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released new information on COVID-19 travel restrictions contained in four presidential proclamations affecting China, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, Brazil, South Africa, Iran and India. The proclamations bar U.S. admission for noncitizens who were in any of 33 specified countries in the 14 days preceding their entry …

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