Feds Rescind Online Study Restrictions for International StudentsPosted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The Trump administration has dropped its effort to require international students to leave the U.S. if their schools will offer only online instruction this fall. The move came after a number of universities filed suit to stop implementation of the rule. It took only two minutes in a Boston Federal District Courtroom for the opposing parties - Harvard and MIT on the one hand and the federal government on the other – to reach an agreement. As a result, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will revert to the guidance issued in March, which allows international students to remain in the U.S. even if their college or university opts for online-only instruction due to health considerations.
The March advisories may be found at:
Recent Immigration Blog Posts
Court Vacates Public Charge Final Rule, USCIS Ends Information Collection and Use
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2021
Effective March 9, USCIS suspended use of the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” rule instituted by the Trump administration. Petitioners and applicants who have not yet filed should not fill out or provide information related to Form I-944.
Naturalization Civics Test Reverting to 2008 Version
Posted on Monday, February 22, 2021
Beginning March 1, 2021, USCIS will go to to using the 2008 version of the naturalization civics tests.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program Accepting New Applications
Posted on Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Effective December 7, 2020 and pursuant to court order, the USCIS re-implemented the DACA policies in place before September 5, 2017. As a result, the agency is currently accepting new DACA applications based on those terms, and modifying decisions taken under the new policies to comply with the original terms of the DACA program.