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.

 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/