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Apr 22, 2021

TN Visa Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Preserves the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Provisions

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established the TN visa to facilitate temporary employment in the U.S. for certain Canadian and Mexican citizens. NAFTA was signed in 1992 by the presidents of the three countries, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. » Read More

Apr 16, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Applications for Employment Authorization Now Online for Students; Biden Reaches Deal To Stem Immigration at Border; Central American Countries Agree to Anti-Corruption Plan

F-1 Students Seeking Employment Authorization Can File Online

On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training – more commonly known as “OPT” – will be able to file their Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online through their account with USCIS. » Read More

Apr 08, 2021

Latinx Immigrant Group Wants Philadelphia School District to Set Clear Rules for ICE

Troubled by the repetitive involvement of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in schools, a Latinx immigrant rights organization has asked the School District of Philadelphia to lay out clear rules and guidelines for ICE involvement on school premises. The group has also asked the school district to better train its staff and teachers. » Read More

Mar 26, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Education Groups Seek Faster Student Visa Processing; U.S.-Canada Border Restrictions Extended; New H-1B Wage Rules Delayed

Higher Education Groups Plead for Government to Speed Up Student Visa Processing

Several education organizations, including the American Council on Education, have submitted a letter to the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security urging faster international student visa processing before the start of the fall 2021 semester. » Read More

Oct 30, 2020

Lawsuit Filed on the New H-1B Wage Rule

A lawsuit has been filed against the new Department of Labor (DOL) H-1B wage rule, seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction. Many analysts, such as the National Foundation for American Policy and economic researchers, believe that the new H-1B wage rule acts as a deterrent to H-1B employers by significantly raising the minimum wage required to employ foreign workers. » Read More

Oct 23, 2020

ICE Arrests International Students Across the United States in Operation OPTical Illusion

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the arrests of 15 nonimmigrant students through Operation OPTical Illusion. The students, who claimed to be employed by companies that don’t exist, who were found to have allegedly participated in work visa fraud to extend their stay in the United States. » Read More

Oct 05, 2020

Major Changes Proposed to Student Visa to Have Big Impact on International Students

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has proposed a new rule that would significantly change immigration rules for international students in the United States. The proposed rule, detailed in a 256-page document, has drawn hundreds of public comments and could draw many more by the time the comment period ends on October 26. » Read More

Jun 01, 2020

Bar on Certain F and J International Students Effective Noon Today

At noon today, June 1, 2020, a ban on the entry into the United States of certain citizens and nationals of China took effect in accordance with a Proclamation President Trump signed on Friday, May 29, 2020. The Proclamation prevents certain Chinese nationals associated with entities in China that implement or support China’s “military-civil fusion strategy” from using entering the United States under the F or J nonimmigrant visas. » Read More