Immigration Blog

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USCIS Extends Flexibility Policies Due to Coronavirus

On May 1, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending its policy of granting additional flexibility to applicants and petitioners responding to certain USCIS requests due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Judge Enjoins New Rules on USCIS Fees and Fee Waivers

On September 29, 2020, Judge Jeffrey S. White of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered a preliminary injunction against the new USCIS rules on fees and fee waivers, preventing them from taking effect on October 2, 2020.

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President Trump Nominates Chad Wolf to be Secretary of Homeland Security

On August 25, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Chad Wold to be the Secretary of Homeland Security. Chad Wolf has been serving as acting Secretary of Homeland Security since November 13, 2019.

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Three New Appellate Immigration Judges Appointed to BIA (Aug. 11, 2020)

On August 7, 2020, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced the appointment of three appellate immigration judges to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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Second Circuit Enjoins New Public Charge Rule for NY, CT, and VT

On August 4, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed two district court decisions blocking implementation of the new public charge rule. In affirming the injunctions, the Second Circuit limited their scope to only the three states under the court’s jurisdiction – New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.

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Exceptions for F1/M1 Online Only Course of Study in Fall 2020

Certain returning F1 and M1 students will be allowed to maintain status while taking entirely online courseloads in fall 2020.

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Canadian Court Invalidates U.S.-Canada Safe Third Country Agreement

A Canadian court rules that Canada may not return asylum seekers to the United States, but delays implementation of the decision until January 22, 2021.

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Government Rescinds Policy Against Maintaing F1 Status With Only Online Classes

On July 14, 2020, the Trump Administration withdrew its policy announcement that it would not allow college students taking fully online course-loads to remain in the United States in F1 status during the fall.

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F1 and M1 Students Cannot Maintain Status With Fully Online Course Loads

SEVP will not allow F1 and M1 students to take a full online course load this fall and remain in the United States.

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Six Immigration Courts to Resume Some Non-Detained Hearings

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that six immigration courts will resume non-detained individual (merits) hearings and master calendar dockets involving small numbers of respondents on June 29, 2020.

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