Impact on F-1 Students During Fall 2020 Semester Jul10

Impact on F-1 Students During Fall 2020 Semester

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that foreign nationals on F-1 visas (as well as M-1 vocational students)  attending schools during the Fall 2020 semester that are operating entirely online will not be permitted to take a full online course load and remain in the United States. Any F-1 students enrolled in ...

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President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa Applicants and Extending the Entry Suspension of Immigrant Visa Applicants Jun22

President Trump’s Proclamation Suspending Entry of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa Applicants and Extending the Entry Suspension of Immigrant Visa Applicants

On Monday, June 22,  effective on midnight June 24, 2020, suspending the entry of H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa applicants, and extending the existing suspension of entry of immigrant applicants until December 31, 2020. Who is Affected? The suspension applies only to applicants who: Are outside of the United State...

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USCIS Resumes Limited In-Person Services Jun19

USCIS Resumes Limited In-Person Services

After suspending non-emergency services at offices on March 18, 2020 USCIS reopened offices for some face-to-face services on June 4, 2020.  Visitors must wear masks or facial coverings and may not enter USCIS offices if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or had close contact in the last 14 days with anyone known or suspected to hav...

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July 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Jun19

July 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, all chargeability areas for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 have made steady advancement. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of August 22...

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Possible Immigration Proclamation or Executive Order Jun11

Possible Immigration Proclamation or Executive Order

Rumors have been circulating that the Trump administration may soon issue an executive order or proclamation to further restrict immigration or entry to the U.S. for individuals on temporary nonimmigrant visas. Currently, no proclamation or executive order has been issued.  Although unnamed sources conject...

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USCIS Announces Premium Processing Will Resume May29

USCIS Announces Premium Processing Will Resume

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin resuming premium processing for  and . Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept  for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for: H-1B petition...

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Extension of Travel Restrictions Between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico May29

Extension of Travel Restrictions Between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has across the U.S-Canada border and the U.S.-Mexico border for an additional 30 days, through June 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS is limiting travel to “essential” activities including: U.S. Citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S.;...

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June 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued May22

June 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, all chargeability areas for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 have made steady advancement. EB-1-Worldwide:     Priority dates are current, except: China:                      Priority date of August 15...

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USCIS Data Show High RFE Rates in FY 2020 Q2 May15

USCIS Data Show High RFE Rates in FY 2020 Q2

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released data for the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal year (FY) 2020 regarding employer-sponsored nonimmigrant visa categories. The data shows that the overall request for evidence (RFE) and denial trends are consistent with the Trump Administration's directive to tighten e...

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Extension of USCIS Flexibility Regarding Agency Requests May08

Extension of USCIS Flexibility Regarding Agency Requests

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020 to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain of the following: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to De...

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