More travel and immigration updates emerged this week from the CDC and the Department of Labor.

First and most urgent, the U.S. will require negative COVID-19 tests from international passengers arriving by air on and after January 26.  A new CDC policy will require all international air passengers, including American citizens, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding international flights to the United States. The COVID-19 test must be taken within three days prior to departure.  The expanded testing requirements follow a significant post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States.  Previously, on December 27, the CDC had implemented expanded testing requirements for international travelers arriving to the United States from the United Kingdom.  For more information, please see CDC Recommendations for Testing and Air Travel.

In a separate development, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new rule that will raise prevailing wages at all levels in a phased period beginning July 2021.  The rule would take full effect for some employees a year later, and full implementation for visa holders extending their statuses to wait for an available green card would be delayed until July 2024.  As with DOL’s prior attempt to raise prevailing wages without an opportunity for notice and comment, we expect there will be litigation seeking to enjoin this rule’s implementation.  We will keep you posted as to further developments.

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