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Immigration


July 28, 2020

DHS to Reject Initial DACA Applications

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced it will reject initial DACA applications, and will “thoughtfully consider the future of the DACA policy, including whether to fully rescind the program”. The following changes will take effect immediately: Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents; Reject new and pending…


July 24, 2020

ICE Clarifies Rules for Autumn 2020

The ICE Student Exchange and Visitor Program has published an updated FAQ clarifying certain issues of concern for Autumn 2020. The FAQ explains that F and M students, and schools certified by SEVP, should continue to abide by the guidance published in March. The document has additional information for DSOs. Summary: ICE has clarified that…


July 16, 2020

Additional Information from ICE and the Department of State

On July 15th, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement published an updated FAQ for SEVP stakeholders following the repeal of the “July 6th Directive”. Of note, initial students should not travel to the US to begin their program. SEVP provides further guidance for designated school officials. Additionally, the US Department of State has announced that certain visa holders departing…


July 14, 2020

ICE SEVP Directive Withdrawn

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has withdrawn the “July 6th” directive requiring F-1 and M-1 students to leave the US if their classes are entirely online. The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) will revert back to guidance issued at the beginning of the pandemic, meaning students will not face deportation based on the format…


State Department Begins Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The US Department of State has announced some consular posts will begin phased reopening of routine visa services, depending on Department-wide safety determinations and local conditions. Travelers with urgent needs and traveling on academic visas (F-1, M-1, certain J-1) will be the first ones eligible to schedule interviews. Applicants are encouraged to check the post’s website…


July 13, 2020

Washington State Files Suit Against DHS

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the US Department of Homeland Security, citing harm from the “July 6th Directive” which will require F-1 and M-1 students to leave the US if their classes are entirely online due to COVID-19. The suit, filed in the US District Court for…


July 6, 2020

ICE SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Student Visas

Today, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) modified temporary exemptions for non-immigrant students taking online classes due to COVID-19. The modifications include: Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools operating…


June 22, 2020

Presidential Proclamation on Non-Immigrant Visas

Today, President Trump signed an executive order curtailing H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L, and certain J visas, as well as immigrant visas, through December 31, 2020: “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak”. Limited exemptions may be provided for those working in the food supply…


June 18, 2020

US Supreme Court Preserves DACA

Today, the US Supreme Court ruled to keep DACA in place, finding the rescission of DACA to be “arbitrary and capricious”. The decision was based on the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and provide reasoned explanation. The Administration could potentially make other attempts to end the program in…


June 16, 2020

Statement Regarding Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China

We are writing to share information and next steps regarding the May 29, 2020 proclamation from the Trump Administration. The University of Washington is partnering across and beyond the University to gain clarity around this proclamation and better understand its impact on Chinese students, scholars and faculty. These efforts are led by the UW Offices of Federal…



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