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UPDATE: SEVP No Longer Providing Exemptions for Int'l Students Taking Online Classes During Fall 2020 Semester

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 6:56 PM

On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that it would no longer provide exemptions for international students taking online classes due to the pandemic during the fall 2020 semester. ICE also issued a Broadcast Message with slightly more detail, and indicated the rule will be published in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule. 

Penn State University’s Immigration Rights Clinic has published this useful Frequently Asked Questions Sheet which may assist Foreign Students in answering common questions arising from this announcement.

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New Regulations Announced for International Students Studying in the USA This Fall

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 8:36 PM

Today, Monday July 6, 2020 SEVP (student exchange visitor program) announced its modifying its requirements for foreign F and M students to study in the USA for the fall semester. 

Previously, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding the online study policy for the spring and summer semesters due to Covid-19. 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. 

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Analysis of President Trump's June 2020 Executive Order

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 @ 6:57 PM

President Trump finally signed his much anticipated Executive Order today June 22, 2020 essentially suspending Immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

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What You Should Know About Trump's Proclamation Suspending Entry Into the USA

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sun, Apr 26, 2020 @ 4:48 PM
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Trump's 60-Day Immigration Ban

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Apr 21, 2020 @ 7:34 PM
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USCIS to Announce FY 2021 H-1B Registrant Selections on March 31, 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 @ 3:02 PM
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The Impact of Coronavirus on Visa Approvals at the USCIS

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 3:37 PM
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BREAKING NEWS: Massive Coronovirus Stimulus May Increase EB5 Quota and Reduce Investment to $450K

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 2:40 PM

Dramatic EB5 News from, ILW.

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Some Lessons from the Trenches To Help Success With H-1B Applications in 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 @ 7:00 AM

Can you believe that H-1B Season is upon us?   Each year, I say it seems like yesterday we filed last year’s H-1B Cap cases.  This year is particularly true as we have only recently received all decisions on April 2019 H-1B Cap Cases.  USCIS issued the most requests for evidence and denials it has ever issued on H-1B Cap cases.  In fact, USCIS has stated that it issued requests for evidence in 70 percent of the H-1B Cap cases filed.  So, what have we learned?

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New Registration Procedures for H-1B Season Start on March 1, 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 7:15 PM

On January 9, 2020, Department of Homeland Security published a notice in the Federal Register to formally announce implementation of a new H-1B registration process. 

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