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With the continued spread of COVID-19 around the world and the record number of positive cases in the United States, it is difficult to understand why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reversing course and will now require in-person classes starting in August in order for F-1 international students to continue their studies at accredited institutions and […]

On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is administered by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced modifications to temporary exemptions related to the in-person instruction of international students for the upcoming fall 2020 semester. Per the ICE announcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security […]

Effective July 1, the EU announced that it will recommend the gradual opening of external borders and the lifting of travel restrictions for certain travelers who are residents in 15 countries. The list approved by the EU Council is based on considerations of overall COVID-19 trends worldwide, in addition to the government responses to the pandemic in each country. Notably, the United States is not included in the […]

The global coronavirus has taken an unprecedented toll on intending immigrants navigating through the U.S. immigration system seeking to acquire lawful permanent residency through their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident qualifying relatives.   For those awaiting an immigrant visa from outside the U.S., this has resulted in at least several […]