Major Immigration Updates

September 2020

“Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico Extended to October 21, 2020
September 18, 2020

On September 18, 2020, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf released a statement via Twitter that restrictions on “Non-Essential” travel between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico […]

August 2020

New Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) available and effective August 25, 2020
August 23, 2020

As a reminder, a new version of the Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (version 08/25/2020), used for applications for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), F-1 STEM OPT Extension, and […]

U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 09/21/2020
August 14, 2020

UPDATED 09/18/2020: USCBP announces that Non-Essential travel restriction between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended to October 21, 2020.* * * * On August 14, 2020, USDHS Acting […]

July 2020

USCIS Announces Final Fee Rule Effective 10/02/2020
July 31, 2020

On July 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced a final fee rule that will adjust fee amounts for certain applications filed with USCIS. The new fee levels […]

USDOS Publishes National Interest Exceptions To Presidential Proclamations Limiting Entry to U.S. by Immigrant and Certain Nonimmigrant Employment Statuses (H, L, and certain J categories)
July 30, 2020

On July 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) published a list of National Interest Exceptions to the Presidential Proclamations that suspended visa issuance and travel to the U.S. […]

USDHS/USICE Continues March Guidance for Fall 2020 Term
July 29, 2020

On July 24, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), issued a Broadcast Message and FAQ confirming that their March […]

USDHS Rescinds July 6 Guidance; Review Of March 2020 Guidance Impact on Fall 2020
July 18, 2020

On July 14, 2020, following a legal challenge by MIT and Harvard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) rescinded its July 6 directive and July 7 FAQ on F-1 students […]

U.S. Travel Restriction from Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland Lifted for Certain Visa Types
July 17, 2020

On July 16, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs officially announced that individuals traveling to the U.S. from the Schengen area, United Kingdom, and Ireland in certain […]

USDOS Provides Details on Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services
July 15, 2020

On July 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has posted on its website more detailed information, and an FAQ, on the phased resumption of routine […]

USICE Rescinds July 6 Guidance on International Students and Online Learning
July 14, 2020

On July 14, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) rescinded its guidance issued on July 6, 2020 on international students […]