USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it calculates unlawful presence for F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents. These changes are designed to clarify how USCIS implements the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility. In particular, individuals in F, J, or M status who fail to mai...
USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence
On August 9, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a related to unlawful presence. Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants with F (student) and M (vocational student) visas who fall out of status and file in a timely manner for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence sus...
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 ...
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...
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...