CDC Lifts COVID-19 Testing Necessities for Worldwide Air Passengers
On June 10, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) introduced that, efficient June 12, air passengers should not have must current a damaging COVID-19 viral check or documentation of restoration from COVID-19 earlier than boarding a world flight to the US
The requirement had been in impact since January 2021 as a “…cheap and obligatory measure in mild of the elevated threat of transmission and unfold of SARS-CoV-2 variants by worldwide air journey into the US.” In its rescission announcement, the CDC said that the requirement will not be at present essential to “forestall introduction of at present circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants into the US.”
USCIS Premium Processing Growth
On March 30, 2022, USCIS introduced it supposed to broaden premium processing availability to further case sorts in phases over no less than a three-year interval. On Could 24, USCIS introduced that it’s beginning the enlargement by making premium processing obtainable for sure petitioners who’ve pending Kinds I-140 below the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. particularly,
- Starting June 1, 2022USCIS will settle for premium processing requests (Kinds I-907) for EB-1(C) (or E13) Multinational Govt or Supervisor petitions that had been filed with USCIS on or earlier than January 1, 2021.
- Starting July 1, 2022USCIS will settle for premium processing requests (Kinds I-907) for EB-1(C) (or E13) Multinational Govt or Supervisor petitions that had been filed with USCIS on or earlier than March 1, 2021.
- Starting July 1, 2022, USCIS will settle for premium processing requests (Kinds I-907) for EB-2 Nationwide Curiosity Waiver (NIW) (or E21 NIW) petitions that had been filed with USCIS on or earlier than June 1, 2021.
USCIS will not be accepting premium processing requests for brand new (preliminary) Kinds I-140 for these classifications (EB-1C and EB-2 NIW) but. For these newly eligible petitions (as described above), USCIS has introduced that it’ll concern a call or request for proof inside 45 calendar days upon receiving the premium processing request. Please be aware this could not influence premium processing requests for classifications that had been eligible for premium processing previous to the implementation of this new rule increasing premium processing, and, upon receiving premium processing requests for these classifications, USCIS will proceed to concern a call or request for proof inside 15 calendar days.
USCIS additionally introduced that, because the enlargement of premium processing is being carried out in a phased method, it’ll proceed to work in the direction of premium processing availability of further Type I-140 petitions and Type I-539 and Type I-765 purposes in fiscal 12 months 2022 . Further info relating to USCIS’s plans for enlargement might be discovered right here.
DOL to Launch New Wages and SOC Codes on July 1, 2022
On July 1, 2022, the Division of Labor (DOL) will start utilizing the 2018 Commonplace Occupational Classification (SOC) codes. SOC codes classify all occupations inside the US. SOC codes are generally used for immigration paperwork to assist categorize employees, together with the Labor Situation Software (LCA), which is required to file H-1Bs.
Periodically, these codes are reviewed to make sure relevance and accuracy. The newest revision course of started in 2014 and implementation of those new SOC codes has been delayed for the previous few years on account of ongoing information assortment. In response to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Of the 867 occupations within the 2018 construction, 382 remained utterly unchanged from the 2010 SOC, 356 had no less than a definition change, 131 had no less than a title change, and 115 had no less than a code change. Many of the definition modifications (254) had been editorial revisions or clarifications that didn’t change occupational content material. Subsequently, no substantive change occurred for about 88 p.c of the detailed occupations within the 2010 SOC. Occupational areas with important revisions and additions included Data know-how (minor group 15-1200 Pc Occupations) and Healthcare (main teams 29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and 31-0000 Healthcare Assist Occupations)
Additionally on July 1, the brand new prevailing wage information from the Occupational Employment Survey, as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, will go into impact. This wage info is legitimate from July 2022 by means of June 2023. Any prevailing wage determinations issued from the DOL after July 1, 2022, will mirror the brand new wage information. Employers looking for to make use of the present wage information to help an H-1B petition ought to file the LCA as quickly as potential to make sure issuance earlier than July 1.