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USCIS Postpones Staff Furloughs

August 7, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that planned furloughs of more than 13,000 of its employees have been postponed for a month.

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SEVP Issues ‘Clarifying’ Q&A

August 7, 2020

SEVP released new guidance on the Trump administration’s shifting policy on foreign students taking online coursework in the fall.

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National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers

August 7, 2020

The Department of State released updated guidance stating that certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics and students may qualify for national interest exceptions to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

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One Month Extension for Immigrant Visa Medical Exams

August 7, 2020

The Department of State announced that the CDC approved a one-month extension for medical examinations conducted between January 1 and June 30, 2020.

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EB-5 Deployment of Investment Capital Clarification

August 7, 2020

USCIS issued a policy alert regarding the deployment of investment capital, including further deployment after the job creation requirement is satisfied. USCIS said the clarifications apply to all Form I-526 and I-829 petitions pending on or after July 24, 2020.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Trade Associations Sue Trump Administration

August 7, 2020

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation and several others sued the Trump administration on July 21, 2020, seeking an injunction to block President Trump’s recent proclamation suspending new nonimmigrant visas.

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Presidential Proclamation Exceptions

August 7, 2020

The Department of State provided a detailed list which includes exceptions for H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1, L-2, J-1 and J-2 visas.

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Visa and Passport Processing Services Resume

August 7, 2020

Each individual U.S. embassy or consulate website should be consulted regarding Visa and Passport operating status and which services are currently offered.

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President Trump Alludes to New Plans for DACA

August 7, 2020

After President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals through the Supreme Court failed, he referred to an “executive order” and a “bill” that would make unspecified reforms.

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Mexico – VAT and IEPS Certification, Retroactive Fees?

August 7, 2020

On August 5, 2020, Mexico’s Tax Administration Service published a microsite stating that companies that have VAT and IEPS certifications must pay fees for such certifications.

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