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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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USCIS Announces Possible Service Cuts Due to Budgetary Concerns

On June 25, 2020, the Deputy Director for Policy for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Joseph Edlow, issued a statement about severe budget problems at the USCIS.

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New EOIR Administrative Law Judge Carol A. Bell

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Carol A. Bell as the administrative law judge in the EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. She took her position on June 22.

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USCIS to Eliminate 30-day Timeframe for Processing Asylum EADs

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is publishing a new final rule in the Federal Register to do away with its self-imposed 30-day timeframe for processing applications for employment authorization by asylum applicants.

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Supreme Court Blocks DACA Rescission For Now

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court concluded that the Department of Homeland Security could not rescind the DACA program without complying with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). In this case, the majority held that the DHS’s decision to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the APA, and therefore invalid.

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Attorney General Barr to Review Persecutor Barr Questions

Attorney General William P. Barr will review several issues having to do with the persecutor bar to asylum.

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