Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Immigration updates

This site provides information about immigration policy updates and what it means to our foreign students and scholars.

07/24/2020
SEVP issues updated guidance for the fall 2020 semester.

 

07/15/2020
U.S. Government agreed to rescind the policy and guidance released on July 6th and 7th.

 

07/06/2020
SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during the fall 2020 semester

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the procedures and responsibilities in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule.


06/23/2020
USCIS Statement on Presidential Proclamation                                                                                                                   

Monday’s presidential proclamation temporarily restricts certain categories of visas from being issued to protect jobs for American workers while our economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. This does not affect those currently working in the U.S. on valid H-1B or similar visas.

05/29/2020
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.

05/27/2020
USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4.

05/01/2020
USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30 to assist applicants and petitioners

04/24/2020
USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4
USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4.

04/22/2020
Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak
Proclamation from President Trump regarding the suspension of visa services for specific immigrant worker categories.

04/13/2020
COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

03/27/2020
USCIS Complete H1B Lottery
USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap).

03/20/2020
Suspension of Routine Visa Services
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

 


Important Websites:

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services- USCIS
https://www.uscis.gov/

U.S. Department of State
https://www.state.gov/

U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/newsroom.html

Department of Homeland Security- Study in the States
https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/

Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) Overview
https://www.ice.gov/sevis

White House Proclamations
https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/