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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…

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.…

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…

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…

Travel Restrictions from Europe to the United States

Published on: Mar 12, 2020, Last Edited: May 07, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, Travel Restrictions, Border Security, COVID-19

Trump Administration Travel Restrictions for visitors who have recently been in Schengen Countries On March 11th 2020, in response to the growing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the United States, the Trump Administration has announced new travel restrictions. Starting at 11:59PM on Friday, March 13th 2020 Eastern Standard Time, travelers who have visited…

Restrictions for Travelers entering the U.S. from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea

Published on: Mar 05, 2020, Last Edited: Sep 07, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA, COVID-19

Introduction In an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the United States is introducing restrictions on travel for foreign nationals coming from China and Iran as well as introduced travel advisories for Italy and South Korea. Individuals with an approved ESTA or U.S. visa are considered to be foreign nationals, and are subject to the restrictions below: Foreign…

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