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Extension of Trump Administration's Visa Ban

Published on: Jan 08, 2021, Last Edited: Jan 08, 2021 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, Travel Restrictions

In the last days of his presidency, Donald Trump has extended the visa ban, suspending legal entry into the USA. How will this move affect visa applicants, American businesses, academic institutions, and hospitals? Previous visa bans The previous presidential proclamation 10014 called a halt to most immigrant visa applications (the visa categories that eventually lead to Green…

December 2020 U.S. Visa and Immigration Updates

Published on: Dec 27, 2020, Last Edited: Dec 27, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration

Will the US suspend flights from the UK? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc worldwide, the United States government is considering whether to ban entry to travelers from the United Kingdom, where a new mutation of the virus is spreading rapidly. A large number of countries have suspended travel from the United Kingdom while scientists investigate the significance…

Visa Restrictions on Chinese Journalists and Nigeria Exclusion from Green Card Lottery

Published on: Nov 03, 2020, Last Edited: Nov 03, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, Green Card

China vows to protect the rights of Chinese journalists based on the United States At a time of heightening tensions between the United States and the People's Republic of China, the United States has delayed renewing Chinese reporters' visas. Now, the Chinese government has vowed to protect the interests and rights of Chinese journalists. At a news conference, Wang Wenbin, 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…

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…

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.…

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…

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