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Raksha and Antonini & Cohen discuss the impact of recent executive order on student immigration

September 2020
Raksha and Antonini & Cohen discuss the impact of recent executive order on student immigration

On July 17, 2020, Raksha, Inc. and Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group co-hosted a virtual town hall webinar to discuss the impact of recent executive orders on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy on international students on F-1, M-1 visas. The webinar also discussed travel and family-based consular processing for non-immigrant work visas.

This discussion was part of Raksha Rising to Resilience series of webinars that aim to provide culture-specific information on current topics of relevance to the community in a pandemic world. Raksha, Inc. is a Georgia-based nonprofit that strives for the health and well-being of the South Asian communities.
This conversation was expertly led by Nisha Karnani, Partner, and Sonal Shah, Associate Attorney, both of Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group; and was moderated by Aparna Bhattacharyya, Executive Director, Raksha, Inc.

For visa holders, the panelists’ top recommendation was to track the latest information from reliable sources and consult with an attorney in case of doubts. They suggested that visa holders could avoid travel outside of the U.S. for the time being or consult an immigration lawyer for questions around travel and “public charge” (grounds of inadmissibility which could deny a person a green card, a visa, or admission into the United States.)

For international students, the panelist suggested that F-1 students may not travel outside of the U.S for the time being without consulting with their Designated School Official (DSO) or an immigration attorney. Additionally, students should educate themselves on rules around Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as each spell out a different set of possibilities in terms of work authorization.

The key takeaway from this interactive webinar was to remember that immigration policy is a developing landscape, especially in the current political climate and hence it was important to keep updated with the most current information.

For additional resources, please see the online version of this report on Khabar website.

Disclaimer: The excerpts shared here are based on information that was current as of July 17, 2020. The landscape of immigration policy could be changing, often unpredictably, in the context of changing political priorities or policy considerations. For more up-to-date information on status and further developments, please contact an immigration lawyer for legal advice.


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