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Department of State COVID-Related Guidance on Student Visas 

Department of State COVID-Related Guidance on Student Visas 

On March 9, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) instituted a temporary exemption regarding the online study policy for the 2020 spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted F and M students to take more online courses than normally allowed for purposes of maintaining a full course of study to maintain their F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency. 

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USCIS DELAY SENDING RECEIPT NOTICES

USCIS DELAY SENDING RECEIPT NOTICES

Practitioners nationally have reported significant delays in receiving receipt notices form USCIS service centers after properly filing applications. While the canceled check sent with the application may provide evidence of receipt and a possible file number, it is critical to be able to demonstrate when the application was mailed and received by using some form of return receipt or delivery confirmation. 

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USCIS Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020

USCIS Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a Final Rule altering the USCIS fee schedule by a weighted average increase of 20 percent, including adding a new fee for asylum applications, establishing multiple fees for nonimmigrant worker petitions, and limiting the number of...

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Possible USCIS Layoff: Latest News & Impact

Possible USCIS Layoff: Latest News & Impact

The Migration Policy Institute recently issued a report on how the anticipated USCIS furlough of more the 70% of its workers, scheduled to commence August 30, 2020, will impact current immigration processing. (See Impending USCIS Furloughs Will Contribute to Historic...

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Possible USCIS Layoff: Latest News & Impact

Update on Public Charge

On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined the government from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective, the USCIS Final Rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (84 FR 41292, 8/14/19) during the...

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US Department of State Guidance on Visa Ban Exemptions

US Department of State Guidance on Visa Ban Exemptions

On July 22, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) issued guidance regarding the application for exemptions to the June 2020 proclamation banning certain non-immigrant visa holders from entering the U.S. The DOS identified the following exemptions by visa type: For...

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