Immigration Alerts

General COVID-19 Information

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Health, Safety, and Welfare of J-1 Exchange Visitors – EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER

Ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all exchange visitors is the Department of State’s collective highest priority. The Department takes this responsibility very seriously in order to ensure the continued viability of international educational and cultural exchange as an effective public diplomacy tool.

To help safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of all exchange visitors, the Department has established an Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Emergency Hotline – 1-866-283-9090 – a 24/7 toll-free telephone number that allows exchange visitors to directly contact the Department in emergency and urgent situations. A Department representative is available 24 hours a day.


USCIS Updates Policy to Automatically Extend Green Cards for Naturalization Applicants


Effective Dec. 12, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will automatically extend the validity of Permanent Resident Cards for lawful permanent residents who have applied for naturalization.

Applicants properly filing the form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) on or after December 12, 2022, will be granted an automatic 24-month extension of their green card. The applicant will receive a Form N-400 receipt notice with the extension. There is no need to complete Form I-90 to replace their LPR card.

Applicants who file before Dec. 12 will not receive a Form N-400 receipt notice with the extension. If their green card is expiring, they will still need to complete Form I-90 or receive an ADIT stamp in their passport in order to maintain their lawful permanent residence status.


Visa Bulletin – December 2022

According to the State Department’s December Visa Bulletin :

  • EB-1: All countries, including China and India, will remain current.
  • EB-2: All countries + El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines will retrogress to November 1, 2022; China will remain unchanged at June 8, 2019, and India will retrogress to October 8, 2011. 
  • EB-3: China will retrogress to August 1, 2018, and India will advance to June 15, 2012. All other countries will remain current.