Helpful Updates and Resources for our Pearl Community

Updated: July 30, 2020

** July 14, 2020: On Tuesday July 14, the Trump Administration rescinded a previous rule that banned visas for international students enrolled in online-only courses for the fall 2020 semester.

The Administration rescinded its policy following extensive litigation, including a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

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Travel Restrictions and Permissions, Other Restrictions and Concessions due to COVID-19 (July 30)

U.S. Consulate Closures due to COVID-19 (July 30)

Coronavirus Impacts on Travel, Public Health, and Economy (Feb. 4)

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Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule for International Students (July 14)

Harvard, MIT Sue Trump Administration Over New Visa Rule for International Students (July 13)

DHS Updates Instructions for Employers on Notating Form I-9 for Remote Inspections (July 7)

DHS Updates Instructions for Employers on Notating Form I-9 for Remote Inspections (July 7)

Foreign Students Must Attend In-Person Classes This Fall (July 7)

New E.U. Approved Travel List Excludes U.S. (June 30)

Department of Homeland Security Reopens Global Entry Enrollment Centers (June 29)

DOL to Issue PERM Labor Certifications Electronically Through September 30 (June 22)

DOS Launches Phase One of its Reopening Plan for U.S. Passport Operations (June 15)

USCIS to Host Webinar on June 18th for its Reopening Procedures and COVID-19 Safety Protocols (June 15)

Presidential Proclamation Suspends Entry of Certain Chinese Nationals (June 1)

USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Select Petitions in June (June 1)

USCIS to Gradually Reopen Select Offices and Resume Non-Emergency Public Services Next Week (May 28)

USCIS Requests Emergency Funding from Congress Due to COVID-10 (May 26)

US Restricts Travelers from Brazil Due to COVID-19 (May 26)

USCIS Further Extends Flexibilities for Responses to Agency Requests (May 12)

FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Results Postponed for COVID-19 (May 4)

USCIS Extends Eligibility for I-9 Identity Documentation Due to COVID-19 (May 4)

Federal Court Upholds Trump Administration’s Temporary Immigration Ban (May 4)

USCIS Announces Intention to Reopen on June 4 (April 27)

State Department Limits Passport Operations Due to COVID-19 (April 20)

State Department Provides Critical Visa Services During COVID-19 Pandemic (April 20)

Extension Permitted for Visa Waiver Travelers Due to COVID-19 (April 20)

USCIS Extends Field Office and Application Support Center Closures Through May 3rd (April 7)

USCIS Adopts Flexible Policies for NOIDs and RFEs (March 31)

PERM Labor Certifications Issued Electronically due to COVID-19 (March 31)

USCIS Extends Office Closures Through April 7 (March 26)

DHS Eases In-Person Requirements for Form I-9 Compliance (March 24)

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