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Top landmarks to visit in the United States

Published on: Sep 21, 2020, Last Edited: Sep 21, 2020 | Tags: ESTA for Tourism, ESTA for Business

The United States has many renowned landmarks that offer visitors insight into the history and culture of the country. Here are the 10 landmarks travelers should consider when visiting the United States. As always, international travelers are advised to regularly check travel restrictions on their local U.S. embassy website for the latest information. The…

International students hit by US visa changes

Published on: Sep 16, 2020, Last Edited: Sep 16, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Fees, USA Visa Requirements

US revoking more visas of Chinese students The relationship between the United States and China continues to evolve when it comes to U.S. visas and immigration. Since June 2020, the United States government has been targeting Chinese nationals who they believe have links to the Chinese military. Under the new changes, the US State Department has revoked the visas of over 1000 Chinese graduate…

Traveling to the U.S. while pregnant

Published on: Aug 17, 2020, Last Edited: Aug 19, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration

New visa restrictions make it harder for pregnant women to enter the United States The Trump Administration has been critical of foreign nationals traveling to the United States during pregnancy to gain “birth right citizenship” for their child. According to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10,000 babies were born in the United States to foreign nationals…

SEVP new visa guidance for foreign students regarding online courses

Published on: Aug 09, 2020, Last Edited: Aug 09, 2020 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19

In its attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Trump administration has made numerous changes to its immigration and visa policy. Following recent changes to visa regulations for international students taking courses this fall that are now available only online, the SEVP (the Student and Exchange Visitor Program) has issued new guidelines. The Trump administration had previously banned…

Exceptions to the Presidential Proclamation of June 22nd 2020

Published on: Jul 28, 2020, Last Edited: Jul 28, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, USA Visa Restrictions

As the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping the world, President Trump signed proclamations 10014 and 10052 in June this year. These changes to immigration law temporarily suspended the right of entry to the US for both immigrants and non-immigrants. They were implemented because immigrant workers are seen as a risk to the recovery of the US labor market. The suspension applies specifically to…

How do DHS and CBP use APIS?

Published on: Jul 14, 2020, Last Edited: Jul 14, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA Requirements

APIS is the Advance Passenger Information System, a pre-departure requirement allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review passenger’s information. Passenger data undergoes security checks before they are allowed to board their flights entering or leaving the U.S. APIS is also used for commercial shipping or sailing to or from the U.S. APIS, together with Passenger Name Record…

SEVP announces temporary exemptions for foreign students in the US

Published on: Jul 10, 2020, Last Edited: Jul 10, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, USA Immigration

SEVP, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, has announced changes to the temporary exemptions for foreign students in the US who may be taking classes online during the fall semester. DHS (the Department of Homeland Security) is planning to publish the modifications as a Temporary Final Rule. Non-immigrant students have been able to pursue academic coursework with an F-1 visa while students…

Trump Administration Suspends Work Visas through Extension of Proclamation 10014

Published on: Jun 27, 2020, Last Edited: Jun 27, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, H1B US Visa, COVID-19

In the latest attempt to reduce immigration to the United States, the Trump Administration has signed an executive order implementing further restrictions on temporary employment-based visas, including H1-B visas. With US unemployment figures rising significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest restrictions are part of the Trump administration’s ongoing attempt to force US companies…

Restrictions on Chinese Students entering the U.S. and Revisions to Green Card Legislation

Published on: Jun 02, 2020, Last Edited: Jun 02, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, COVID-19, Green Card

On June 1st, 2020, a ban went into effect on select categories of Chinese students from entering the United States. However, the ban does not apply to undergraduate students from China. President Trump’s proclamation bars Chinese postgraduate students and doctoral researchers associated with organizations supporting the Chinese MCF (military-civil fusion) strategy from entering the United States.…

Applying for an ESTA if you have recently changed names or gotten married

Published on: May 27, 2020, Last Edited: May 27, 2020 | Tags: Post-Dated Passport, ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Passport

Introduction Newly-wed travelers who plan on visiting the United States using an ESTA should be aware how changing names or getting married can affect how they complete their application, specifically if a traveler has changed their name or is awaiting a new passport. The following article provides information on applying for ESTA online with a post-dated passport and will help applicants…

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