Category Archives: COVID-19 Assistance

  1. Travel Ban To Be Lifted Starting November 8, 2021

    The White House recently announced the lifting of the travel ban, which has barred tens of thousands of foreign travelers from entering the U.S.  Instead, the U.S. will require foreign travelers to provide proof of vaccination prior to departure. Our original article on this can be found at: https://www.patellegal.com/biden-administration-to-lift-travel-ban-and-allow-vaccinated-travelers-to-enter-the-u-s/ Further details of the new travel…

  2. Biden Administration To Lift Travel Ban And Allow Vaccinated Travelers To Enter The U.S.

    For the past 18 months, COVID-19 had wreaked havoc all over the world and has limited the entry of certain travelers into the U.S. With Consulate closures and travel bans, entering the U.S. has been particularly difficult for non-immigrants, especially those who require visa stamping. With limited appointments available and often the need to apply…

  3. President Biden To Ban Travel From India To The U.S

    Despite a more favorable Immigration climate under the new administration, President Biden has issued a proclamation that will restrict most travel from India to the US. This proclamation is effective 12.01 am May 4, 2021. In the proclamation, it is stated that India accounts for over one-third of new global COVID-19 cases and the number…

  4. Travelling As A Lawful Permanent Resident During The Ongoing Pandemic

    Although it has been more than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions continue and the ability of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to return to the U.S. in a timely manner are still impacted. Although called Permanent Lawful Status it is anything other than Permanent, especially for those who remain outside…

  5. TEDP Takes Over Evictions in Texas

    The CDC has now extended the eviction moratorium until June 30, 2021. The impacts of the moratorium are very adverse to landlords and their ability to evict non-paying tenants. Several landlords have tenants who have not paid since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been occupying spaces without paying rent. Many of these…

  6. Loss Of Employment And Filing A New H-1B Petition Outside Of The 60-Day Grace Period

    COVID-19 has taken its toll on the labor market, resulting in millions of people losing their job.  Unfortunately for those on a nonimmigrant visa such as an H-1B, the clock starts ticking on their last day of work.  H-1B holders generally have 60 days or until the end of their authorized stay, whichever is shorter,…

  7. Job loss during COVID-19 and the Compelling Circumstance EAD

    COVID-19 has left countless non-immigrants out of a job and scrambling for ways to remain in the U.S.  For individuals who have been in the U.S. for many years and are already on the path to lawful permanent residency, the loss of a job can be absolutely devastating and the prospect of having to leave…

  8. Update On The President’s Recent Proclamation Affecting H-1Bs And Common Questions

    Having had a week to reflect on the proclamation I felt that it was necessary to write a second article about the potential implications and to answer some of the common questions that clients have been asking us about the proclamation.  My first article focused on the proclamation’s immediate impact on non-immigrant workers.  For details…

  9. Trump’s Attack On H-1Bs Is The Worst Yet

    60 days after suspending the issuance of green cards President Trump has now extended this order to include H-1Bs and a number of other visa categories. While many argue that the revival of the U.S. economy will depend on the help of Immigrants, this is not something which Trump can put into a slogan to…

  10. Additional Considerations for Employers Filing PERMs Who Have Laid Off U.S. Workers During COVID-19

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have been laid off by their employer and this is particularly important for Employers who are in the process of filing a PERM application. The whole purpose of the PERM process (also known as the Labor Certification) is for the Employer to demonstrate that it has made a…

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