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U.S. Embassies and Consular Posts – Updates – cont. • DOS announced: expansion of interview waivers for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants • Through 12/31/2022 • Petition-based nonimmigrant work visas and qualifying derivatives • Students (F and M visas) and Temporary Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Workers (H-2 visas) • Renewal in the same visa class within 48 months of prior visa’s expiration • Dropbox and visa application by mail (mainly India) • Some require biometrics appointment • Payment of visa fees, such as reciprocity fee • Third-country national visa processing • Not home country/ country of residence • Some flexibility across Europe • More limited in most other places B a c k l o g o f i m m i g r a t i o n c a s e s i n t h e U S , A u g u s t 8 , 2 022 COPYRIGHT © CONVINUS 5

Options for Employees in the United States • USCIS is continuing to adjudicate immigration filings from within the U.S. (i.e., nonimmigrant extension petitions, change of status applications, EAD work permit applications, green card and citizenship applications). • Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization. • Up to 240 days for petition-based visa, such as H-1B, L-1, E visa, O-1, etc. • Extremely Lengthy Processing Times. • Burdensome Request for Evidence. B a c k l o g o f i m m i g r a t i o n c a s e s i n t h e U S , A u g u s t 8 , 2 022 COPYRIGHT © CONVINUS 6

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