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.


DHS Proposes to Change Admission Period Structure for F, J and I Nonimmigrants                     The Department of Homeland Security has announced a proposed rule to require a fixed period of stay for international students, exchange visitors and foreign information media representatives to encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts.

SEVP issues updated guidance for the fall 2020 semester.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4
USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4.

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.

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.

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).

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

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs

Department of Homeland Security- Study in the States

Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) Overview

White House Proclamations