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August 2020
Immigration News Briefs

F1 rule on online studies rescinded

The Trump administration has backtracked on a rule that would've required international students whose universities remain online-only amid the coronavirus pandemic to transfer schools or leave the U.S. The decision came on July 14, following multiple lawsuits as well as a public outcry by colleges, states, and tech giants across the U.S.


The decision to rescind the ICE rule was announced at the start of a hearing over a federal lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT. Federal immigration authorities
said they had agreed to "return to the status quo" in place prior to the ICE's July 6 announcement of the rule. The decision provided relief to many foreign students whose colleges plan to use online-only learning in the fall because of Covid-19. Such students would have been at risk of losing their visas and being deported.


Visa restrictions on legal immigration
Trump issued a proclamation in June barring many categories of foreign workers and curbing immigration visas through the end of the year, moves the White House said will protect U.S. workers from job losses amid the pandemic. The ban expands earlier restrictions and the measures will apply only to applicants seeking to come to the U.S., not workers already here.


The freeze will apply to the H-1B visa category for highly skilled workers, the H-4 visa for their spouses and the L visas companies use to transfer international employees into the U.S. Most H-2B visas—for temporary workers who would stay in the U.S. for up to three years—also will be suspended, the officials said, with exceptions for food-service employees. The freeze on “cultural exchange” J visas will include exemptions for applicants whose entry is considered to be in the U.S. national interest, a loophole potentially available to the roughly 20,000 people who come to the United States annually as “au pairs” to provide child care for U.S. families.


On April 22, Trump ordered a 60-day freeze on several categories of family- and employment-based immigration visas, and that suspension has now been extended through the end of 2020. While U.S. citizens can continue to sponsor spouses and minor children, Trump’s orders will bar most other categories of applicants, affecting more than half of the immigration visas issued in a typical year. The earlier order put a halt on employment-based immigration visas as well as the family-based categories for parents and siblings, as well as Diversity Visa Lottery applicants. Legal permanent residents who are trying to bring their spouses and children into the country also will be unable to do so.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES—AUGUST 2020

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

​15Aug14

​15Aug14

2A

Current

Current

2B

08Jun15

08Jun15

3rd

​01Jun08

01Jun08

4th

​22Feb05

​08Sep06

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

08Feb18

Current

2nd

​0​8Jul09

Current

3rd

​01Oct09

01Apr19

Other

​01Oct09

01Apr19

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current

 


 

DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS—​AUGUST 2020

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

​08Jun15

​08Jun15

2A

01Ju​l20

01Ju​l20

2B

​​15Mar16

15Mar16

3rd

​​08May09

​​08May09

4th

08Nov05

​0​1Sep07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jun18

Current

2nd

15Aug09

Current

3rd

01Feb10

01Apr​20

Other

01Feb10

​01Apr20

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

CurrentB

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/20​20/visa-bulletin-for-​august-2020.html


​15Aug14

​01Jun08

​01Jun08

01Apr​20


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