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On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a temporary final rule creating a six-month Pilot Program under which certain applicants for B-1/B-2 visas may be required to post a bond as a condition of visa issuance. This new rule will become effective 30 days after publication, on December 24, 2020.   This Visa Bond Pilot Program will apply only to B-1/B-2 visa […]

On Friday, September 25, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would impose specific status expiration dates for Students (F), Exchange Visitors (J) and members of the foreign media (I).  These classifications are currently admitted for “duration of status (D/S),” which generally […]

After a week of outcry and a flurry of lawsuits, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has indicated it will rescind the guidance it previously issued on July 6, 2020 that would have required F-1 and M-1 international students to take in-person courses during the fall semester of 2020 despite the ongoing pandemic and new hot […]

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 […]