By: Esq. Cindy Azoulay | 

The United States Embassy in Jerusalem and Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv have resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including employment (E/H/L/O/P/R/C1D), student (F/J/M), and very limited tourist and business (B) nonimmigrant visas.

Embassy Jerusalem has resumed processing of K-1 (fiancé visa), as well as immigrant visas for immediate relatives, returning residents and EB-5 visas.

H-1B CAP Season Opens March 9

The H1B cap registration period for this fiscal year FY 2022 will begin at 19:00 on March 9, 2021 and will close at at the same time on March 25, 2021. All H1B cap registrations cost $10 per registration and are submitted online during the registration period. The “lottery”, which is a random selection of the applications submitted is conducted by USCIS and those selected will be notified by March 31, 2021.

Petitions can be submitted between April 1, 2021 thru June 30, 2021.

Students Given Blanket Exception

A Presidential Proclamation suspends the entry of foreign nationals who were present in South Africa, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iran, and the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area within 14 days prior to their arrival to the US.  This means that you cannot travel to the US while this Presidential Proclamation is in effect, unless you receive a national interest exception.

The Dept. of State has announced that students with valid F or M visas and a valid I-20 form may travel to the US without requesting an exception.