The CDC has announced that as of October 1, 2021, those applying for permanent residence in the US will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.This news comes following the US Food and Drug Administration(“FDA”) granting full approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19. While COVID-19 vaccines have been available for months, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first to gain full FDA approval.
As you probably know already, the EB-5 regional center program is currently on hold until Congress acts to reauthorize the program. This came in the aftermath of Congress’ failure to pass the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).
After years of oversight by temporary acting directors, USCIS finally has a Senate Confirmed Director. President Biden’s pick to head the agency, Ur Jaddou, was confirmed in a 47-34 vote by the Senate on July 30. Jaddou will be the first woman to serve as Director of USCIS.