Some Positive U.S. Immigration Updates!
U.S. Visa Processing Restarting
The State Department announced in a recent tweet
that U.S. consulates and embassies around the globe will gradually resume routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services. As previously reported, all U.S. consulates and embassies worldwide closed to the public and suspended visa services since mid-March in light of the COVID-19 virus.
Each consular post will begin routine visa services on its own timeline, taking into consideration the particular conditions of the host country.
Individual consulate websites
are the most reliable source for up-to-date information on a particular post’s timeline.
Foreign nationals who have been waiting for the resumption of visa services in order to obtain a U.S. visa may soon be able to schedule or re-schedule their visa appointment. In some instances, where a consulate cancelled an existing appointment, the post may automatically reschedule the prior appointment. Appointment availability at consulates is likely to remain subject to change based on local country conditions, so further cancellations may still occur in the future.
Note: Although visa processing is restarting, which is a very welcome development, visa issuance and/or U.S. entry may still be subject to: (1) COVID-related restrictions for presence in the UK, Ireland, Europe, China, Iran, or Brazil within the past 14 days; and (2) the recent entry ban on H-1B, L-1, H-2B, and certain J-1 nonimmigrant workers as previously reported.
ICE Rescinds Restrictive Student Visa Policy
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that it is rescinding a July 6 policy document that would have prohibited F-1 students from entering or remaining in the United States if their U.S. schools did not provide in-person instruction during the Fall 2020 Semester (online instruction only). The Administration will resume applying previous COVID-19 accommodations
that permit F-1 students attending school in the United States to attend classes online in order to maintain their status. The announcement came in a hearing before Federal District Judge Allison D. Burroughs, who is presiding in a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology against the restrictive ICE policy.
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