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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…

United States COVID-19 border controls set to be extended indefinitely

Published on: May 19, 2020, Last Edited: May 19, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, Border Security, USA Immigration

The Trump Administration has indicated it is planning to extend new US border controls related to COVID-19 for an indefinite period. Critics have accused the president of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to tighten US immigration laws further and it is believed that he now intends to extend a ban on migrants until the health officials deem the public health crisis to be over. White House…

Potential Improvements for the ESTA

Published on: May 07, 2020, Last Edited: May 08, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Improvements, ESTA Application, ESTA Processing

The ESTA has been around for over a decade. During this period, the system has undergone a number of changes which have enhanced its security, usability and accessibility. Notably, there have been recent changes to the layout of the form. For example, it underwent a redesign to a be mobile responsive website, with additional security related questions. However, some changes have not been…

Data accuracy considerations when applying for an ESTA

Published on: Apr 23, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: Mistake on ESTA, ESTA Application

Introduction Travelers are gaining more awareness regarding online data collection practices of airlines, hotels, governments and other entities involved in providing travel related services. Many travelers now book hotels and other services using pseudo-names, aliases and other intentionally inaccurate data to gain a greater sense of privacy over their own personal information. However,…

USCIS visa extensions and COVID-19 impacts on H1-B visa holders

Published on: Apr 17, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration, H1B US Visa, COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect international travel, it's essential to keep informed about the latest changes to US ESTA, visa and immigration rules. As well as travel from many countries being restricted or suspended, the US has closed its borders with Canada and Mexico to all but essential travel. The economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown is also having a severe impact on…

How coronavirus is impacting US Immigration

Published on: Apr 06, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: USA Immigration, Border Security, COVID-19

Introduction With the coronavirus pandemic affecting many countries, it’s more essential than ever to keep an eye on the latest developments regarding USA immigration rules, visas, and ESTA. In an update on March 30, USCIS announced that because of the temporary closure of Application Support Centers, biometrics previously submitted will be reused to validate the application for…