Department of State Issues Further Guidance on National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation Aug20

Department of State Issues Further Guidance on National Interest Exception to Presidential Proclamation

On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 10052 which suspended entry into the U.S. of certain non-immigrant applicants including H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa applicants. The Proclamation provided a list of exceptions to the entry suspension for these visa categories, including a “national interest” exc...

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USCIS Responds to Federal Court Injunction on Public Charge Rule Aug04

USCIS Responds to Federal Court Injunction on Public Charge Rule

On July 29, 2020, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the “public charge rule” enforced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USC...

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USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020 Jul31

USCIS Adjusting Fees Effective October 2, 2020

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The final rule is effective October 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date is required to include payment that matches the adjusted ...

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August 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued Jul24

August 2020 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2020 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, nearly 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 ...

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Department of State Addresses Exemptions for Entry Ban Jul17

Department of State Addresses Exemptions for Entry Ban

On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued two statements addressing exemptions to the Trump Administration's recent proclamations that restrict immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the U.S. European Schengen Area, U.K., and Ireland Entry Bans The Trump Administration placed an entry ban on travelers from...

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Trump Administration Rescinds Directive Regarding F-1 Students Jul15

Trump Administration Rescinds Directive Regarding F-1 Students

In a reversal of events, the Trump Administration agreed to rescind a This decision was made following lawsuits made by a number of universities and states around the nation, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University. What this means is that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will revert back to guidance...

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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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