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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices have resumed non-emergency, face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later.
Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation on May 29, 2020, restricting the entry of certain graduate students and researchers from China.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on June 5, 2020, that it will permit Chinese air carriers, in aggregate, the right to operate two weekly passenger flights to the United States, effective immediately.
On May 19, 2020, Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced the extension of border restrictions with Mexico and Canada until June 22, 2020.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a temporary final rule to ease certain H-2B requirements “to help secure the U.S. food supply chain and reduce the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency on H-2B employers.” The temporary flexibilities are available through September 11, 2020.
On May 20, 2020, a U.S. district judge in Atlanta, Georgia, found that no statute or regulation requires a petitioner to submit a detailed itinerary in the way required by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) new interpretive memorandum.
On May 11, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced temporary policy changes concerning the full-time work requirement for certain foreign medical graduates and the provision of telehealth services by them in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has extended temporary guidance that had been set to expire on May 19, 2020, for an additional 30 days.
On May 18, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a new interactive voice response telephone system for English and Spanish callers to the USCIS Contact Center.