Immigration Law

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Student Visa Changes Ahead
Posted on 4 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Karin Fischer, Jan. 3, 2022 "Student-visa fees could increase under a proposed rule, the State Department gives consular officers greater discretion to assess students’ ties to their home countries, and a guilty verdict in a China Initiative... Read More

FAM Update: Students, Residence Abroad (Dec. 20, 2021)
Posted on 23 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

9 FAM 402.5-5(E)(1) (U) Residence Abroad Required (CT:VISA-1439; 12-20-2021) [Text in italics updated Dec. 20, 2021.] a. (U) INA 101(a)(15)(F)(i) and INA 101(a)(15)(M)(i) require that an F-1 or M-1 applicant possess a residence in a foreign country... Read More

ICE Withdraws Proposed F, J and I Visa Rule
Posted on 2 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on September 25, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise DHS regulations governing the length of stay for F, J, and certain I nonimmigrants... Read More

Expert: Biden Brings Hope for International Students
Posted on 26 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, Apr. 24, 2021 "... Biden’s election was a pivotal moment for international students. Universities are already seeing a spike in international student applications, a phenomenon coined “ the Biden bump .”... Read More

Expert: A Biden Win Could Help International Students
Posted on 2 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive, Oct. 30, 2020 "The Trump administration's immigration policies have driven down international student enrollment in the last few years, policy experts say, a trend the public health crisis has exacerbated... Read More

22-State Coalition Opposes Trump Administration’s Drastic Limits on International Student Visas
Posted on 30 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Oct. 27, 2020 "Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced today they are co-leading a group of 22 state Attorneys General... Read More

Expert: Proposed Student Visa Rule Sends "Chilling Message"
Posted on 26 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 25, 2020 "The Trump administration is set to publish a new proposed rule today that would set fixed terms of up to four years for student visas and establish procedures for international students to apply... Read More

International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need To Know (July 26, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Penn State Law, July 26, 2020 "On July 15, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an FAQ. The July 15 FAQ comes on the heels of a resolution reached by ICE and Harvard/MIT in connection with a lawsuit filed challenging... Read More

ICE FAQ on Student Visas (July 24, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 24, 2020 "This document provides answers clarifying questions for the fall 2020 term based on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) March 9, 2020, Spring Guidance Broadcast. Stakeholders should refer to ICE.gov/Coronavirus... Read More

International Students Face 'Discourage, Delay, Deny' Visa Hurdles Under Trump
Posted on 29 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, Aug. 28, 2019 "Unexpected denials and long delays have become increasingly common for international students and scholars seeking visas, raising concerns among college officials who see a threat to the diversity... Read More

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr on Potential Student Visa Rule
Posted on 18 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, IHE, Oct. 18, 2018 - "The Trump administration published notice on Wednesday that it intends to propose a new rule in fall 2019 establishing a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other holders of certain... Read More

'Intent' Hurdle Blocks Gambian's Visa Quest; No 'Magic Bullet' per Expert
Posted on 31 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 30, 2018 - "The young woman from Gambia who planned to study in the U.S. had the support of her government, all the way up to the first lady, whose foundation was to pay for her airfare. A college in New York... Read More

Expert: Decline in Student Visas Due to Travel Ban 'Very Significant'
Posted on 2 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 1, 2018 - "There are a lot of factors that can affect visa issuance rates, including local economic and safety conditions -- many of the countries on the travel ban list are sites of conflict and/or economic... Read More

U.S. Department of State Expedites Student Visa Processing
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"All U.S. embassies and consulates expedite visa processing for foreign students to ensure qualified students are able to begin their academic program on time. Worldwide, the maximum wait for a student visa appointment is fewer than 15 days... Read More

Extra Screening for Returning Student Visa Holders
Posted on 4 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the U.S. has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The new procedure is the government's... Read More