Month: June 2022

by Caroline Lee Caroline Lee No Comments

CDC Lifts Order Requiring International Air Travelers to Present a Negative COVID-19 Test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rescinded a 17-month-old requirement that people arriving to the United States by air test negative for COVID-19. The order rescinding the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test is effective as of June 11, 2022.

Pursuant to a January 26, 2021 CDC Order, all air passengers ages 2 and older traveling to the U.S. from a foreign country were required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken from a sample taken no more than one day before departure, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, prior to boarding a flight. Citing changed circumstances, including the “widespread uptake of effective COVID-19 vaccines and accompanying vaccine- and infection-induced immunity,” the CDC concluded that it was no longer necessary to leave the Order in place, but continued to recommend that travelers remain up to date with vaccination against COVID-19 and get tested for infection with a viral test before and after traveling.

by Breanne Johnson Breanne Johnson No Comments

Premium Processing Service Expanded

USCIS’s premium processing service is in the process of being expanded. Specifically, USCIS announced that as of June 1, 2022 it will begin this expansion by accepting premium processing requests for Form I-140 Multinational Executive and Manager Petitions received on or before January 1, 2021. USCIS further announced that beginning July 1, 2022, it will accept premium processing requests for Form I-140 on behalf of National Interest Waiver Petitions received on or before June 1, 2021, as well as Form I-140 Multinational Executive and Manager Petitions received on or before March 1, 2021. Applying for premium processing under these expanded options carries a 45 day processing timeframe and a $2,500 government filing fee.