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The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a new Broadcast Message Monday, July 6, 2020 covering COVID-19 and Fall 2020, in which, it puts tremendous pressure on educational institutions in the United States to offer in-person classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. ***Post Publication Update: The Department of Homeland Security rescinded the Broadcast Messgage on July 14, 2020.  The announcment was made at the hearing for the Harvard and MIT v. Department of Homeland Security lawsuit in in Massachusetts US District Court.***  

By: Melissa Chavin

Students and Designated School Officers (DSOs) at school international offices during the CoVID-19 outbreak receive updates regularly from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).  Here are some of the latest highlights - with an important update from August 20, 2020 regarding student travel to the United States and F-1 visa issuance.

By: Melissa Chavin

The National Visa Center is where family and employment based petitions are held after they are adjudicated by the USCIS and approved, but before the priority date on them becomes current and able to act on.   While a petition waits at the NVC, circumstances may change, and the immigrant visa applicant may want to make the NVC aware of the changes.  

New Method of H-1B Lottery Will Save Petitioners Time and Petition Writing Efforts

The H-1B filing season will begin earlier than in past years with a March registration period for any petitioner-beneficiary pairs. Initial H-1Bs petitions subject to the low H-1B cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will be activated with a preliminary lottery procedure.  Petitioner-beneficiary pairs will need to register during the period March 1, 2020 - March 20, 2020 - and then be selected in a lottery, in order to be qualified to file a petition together.

Updated with the Overturning of the Injunction on January 27, 2020 by the US Supreme Court and Announcement of Implementation of the Rule from February 24, 2020

Updated 6 January 2021.  Written By: Melissa Chavin

The US Government Daily Journal, the “Federal Register” published a rule by the Department of Homeland Security on the Public Charge Inadmissibility Grounds on August 14, 2019. It was 837 pages in the version published just before final publication in the Federal Register. The US Government under the Trump Administration dropped their pursuit of putting this rule into force of law while lawsuits were pending to enjoin it on 16 December 2020.  The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget reflected on his records that the rule was withdrawn from review.  This blog would still be helpful for anyone trying to get a quick summary of the issues covered by the defunct rule and a hint to policy changes that were being considered for immigrant visa and adjustment of status adjudications.  Applications will no longer be subject to this rule.

Written by Melissa Chavin

Visa Bulletin Chaos

Issuance of immigrant visas based on employment based petitions and approval of adjustment of status to green card holder based on approved EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 petitions are chaotic this July.

Written by Melissa Chavin

The US Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions, a proponent of lower undocumented immigrant numbers through deportation and other means, has taken up yet another case from the immigration courts, which sit under the Department of Justice.  Attorney General Sessions heads the DOJ.

Written by Sofia van Mierlo, Work Experience Intern

Per the 26 June 2018 US Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii, U.S. President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation 9645 from 24 September 2017 banning travel to the United States from several countries will stand.  

Permanent residents with a condition on their status, also known as conditional residents, can get 18 month extensions on their status when they file to get the condition removed, as of June 11, 2018.  The USCIS announced this change on June 12, 2018.