It’s Green Card Lottery Time Once Again

It’s Green Card Lottery Time Once Again

The annual Diversity Lottery (i.e. green card lottery) opens soon for the 55,000 visas. The registration period this year will run from noon Eastern Daylight Time on October 6, 2021 until noon Eastern Standard Time on November 9, 2021. Each year the U.S. State...
NIE Update – Now Valid for One Year

NIE Update – Now Valid for One Year

The National Interest Exception (NIE) travel authorization landscape continues to evolve. As a recap, soon after the Covid-19 pandemic began, the United States prohibited travel from certain countries. Unless exempt from the ban, persons who have been present in a...
Can someone please find the welcome mat?

Can someone please find the welcome mat?

In the June/July 2021 issue of Forbes magazine, Amy Feldman appropriately asks the question, “Why do we [the United States] make it so difficult for foreign-born entrepreneurs to start businesses here?” Queue the crickets. Feldman references the entrepreneur rule...
Positive Changes in Immigration

Positive Changes in Immigration

When President Biden signed an executive order on February 2, 2021, “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration System and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americas,” I decided to take the bated breath approach to see what actually happened. I...
Are People Good? One Dutch Writer Thinks So

Are People Good? One Dutch Writer Thinks So

In his latest book, Humankind, A Hopeful History, Rutger Bregman explores the question of whether people truly are good. Do we mean well? Or are we always on the tipping point of doing evil? His book title clearly gives away his position. In examining one historical...
Visa Processing Remains a Challenge

Visa Processing Remains a Challenge

Now that most of the Trump era visa bans have been lifted, one would think that it’s back to business as usual. If only. Two major challenges that continue are the restriction on persons who have been in certain countries in the two weeks before their planned travel...
Immigration Suddenly Blurry Under Biden

Immigration Suddenly Blurry Under Biden

Just when it appeared that President Biden was beginning to right the ship on immigration, his new Secretary of State reversed course acted like the captain of the Titanic. When former President Trump announced a travel ban last year for persons who had been in...