Federal Relations


November 2, 2021

It’s More Than Climate Provisions

The Office of Federal Relations continues to go through the current iteration of the reconciliation package.  In our last post, we highlighted some of the education, research, and climate-related provisions.  Not surprisingly, there are myriad other provisions of interest in the text. A significant portion of the funds for the USDA would be dedicated to…

October 7, 2021

Announcement: Federal Relations Autumn 2021 Town Hall

Please join us for the inaugural quarterly Federal Relations Town Hall. Thursday, October 21st at 12:00pm PT After a presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions or offer comments/concerns regarding the UW’s federal advocacy priorities. If you would like to join in-person, please RSVP here. Space is limited. If you would like to…

September 20, 2021

Immigration Reconciliation Provisions a No-Go in Senate

As noted previously, whether provisions that would make sweeping changes in immigration law, including those around DACA, would be allowed under budget reconciliation instructions would depend on a ruling by he Senate Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian ruled last night that they would not be allowed in the reconciliation package. In essence, the Parliamentarian ruled that massive…

September 17, 2021

House Committees Do Their Part on Reconciliation

As instructed by their budget reconciliation instructions, 13 House committees wrapped up by yesterday their respective portions of the $3.5 trillion budget package.  The different pieces will be combined into a single vehicle by the House Budget Committee.  The package represents one of the center pieces of the Biden Administration’s domestic agenda.  There has not…

July 28, 2021

USCIS Publishes New DACA FAQs

USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) has published updated FAQs regarding the DACA program following the recent decision in State of Texas, et al., v. United States of America, et al., 1:18-CV-00068, (S.D. Texas July 16, 2021) (“Texas II”).  

July 16, 2021

Federal Judge Blocks New DACA Applications

A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling to block all new DACA applications nationwide. Existing recipients and renewal applications will be unaffected for now. US District Judge Andrew S. Hanen stated that the program oversteps executive authority. He remanded the issue to the Department of Homeland Security, which asserted it is ready and…

April 26, 2021

ICE Continues March 2020 Guidance to 2021-22 Academic Year

The ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced it will extend COVID-19 related flexibilities through the 2021-22 school year, including allowing continuing international students to count online classes towards a full course of study. These flexibilities were originally announced in March 2020. An updated FAQ can be found here. Members of the UW community…

April 8, 2021

State Department Updates Visa FAQs

The US Department of State has published updated FAQs regarding visa processing, which can be found here. Visa processing will resume as local conditions at embassies and consulates allow. Travel restrictions remain in place for foreigners who have been present in China, Iran, Brazil, UK, Ireland, South Africa, and the 26 countries in the Schengen area…

March 17, 2021

House Votes on Significant Immigration Bills

This week the House is set to vote on, and likely pass, two significant pieces of legislation as part of the Administration’s immigration overhaul push. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 would provide a path to legal status for certain undocumented agricultural workers. The American Dream and Promise Act would offer a path to…

February 23, 2021

UW Publishes 2021 Federal Agenda

The University of Washington has published our 2021 Federal Agenda outlining our top priorities for the coming year. Our agenda reflects a commitment to service, excellence, and innovation, taking into account the unique challenges of the past year. We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the federal government and look forward to further collaboration in…

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