News in Brief

DHS Automatically Extending Syrian TPS Applicants’ EADs: DHS announced it is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs with a category code of A12 or C19 issued under TPS for Syria through 3/28/22. For Form I-9, TPS Syria beneficiaries may present qualifying EADs along with an individual notice issued by USCIS that indicates extension of EAD.

Croatian Nationals Now Eligible for ESTA: Citizens of the Republic of Croatia are now able to apply to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa. Croatia is the 40th member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Under the VWP, citizens of Croatia will be able to apply online for authorization to travel to the U.S. through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The ESTA authorization is valid for two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Travelers with valid B1/B2 visas should continue to use their visa for travel to the United States. The ESTA website will begin accepting applications from Croatian citizens soon, but no later than December 1, 2021.

Sanctions Imposed on Human Rights Violators in Ethiopia: In September, President Biden signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions on persons determined to be responsible for humanitarian and human rights violations in Ethiopia, including suspending the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of such persons.

DOJ Ends Use of Case Quotas for Immigration Judges: The Justice Department is ending the use of case quotas for immigration judges that became a point of contention during the Trump Administration for undercutting judges’ authority and discretion, according to an email obtained by CNN.


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