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Immigration Updates

Immigration Updates

This page highlights the recent immigration enforcement changes and what they may mean for you.  We'll keep this page updated with the most recent information and our guidance. If you have any questions, you can contact International Students and Scholar Services.



February 4, 2020: Travel Ban 4.0
In a January 31, 2020 Presidential Proclamation, the Trump administration announced visa and entry restrictions on immigrants from six additional countries (Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania), which will become effective on February 21, 2020. The new ban (Travel Ban 4.0) does not affect nonimmigrant visas like F-1, J-1 and H-1B. Students and scholars should still be able to obtain a new F-1, J-1, or H-1B visa and be admitted to the United States in those categories.

February 2, 2020:  0 U.S. Restricts Entry from Travelers to China
Effective February 2, 2020 the U.S. government announced that it will deny entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals who have traveled to China within 14 days prior to arriving in the U.S. The end date of this restriction is undefined. Please read the Presidential Proclamation.


January 31, 2020:  U.S. Expands Travel Ban Impacting Immigrant Visa Applicants
On January 31, 2020, the U.S. government issued an expansion of the current travel ban, to include restrictions on certain immigrant visa applicants from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania.  Read the Presidential Proclamation.

January 30, 2020: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule to be Implemented on February 24, 2020 
On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court lifted a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation of DHS public charge rule (see August 12, 2019 section of the website below). While litigation against this rule continues, on January 30, 2020, USCIS announced that it will implement the public charge rule on February 24, 2020 and will apply the rule to applications postmarked or submitted on or after that date.

Individuals seeking to extend or change their status must demonstrate that they have not received  certain public benefits over the designated threshold since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or change. More information can be found on the DHS website.

December 17, 2019: New Electronic Registration Process for H-1B Lottery
USCIS has announced that it will implement an H-1B electronic registration process for this year’s H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions will need to complete an initial electronic registration and pay a $10 registration fee for each beneficiary registered. The registration filing period will run from March 1 – March 20, 2020. 

After completion of the registration process, USCIS will conduct its random H-1B lottery selection. USCIS will notify employers of selected beneficiaries, and they will then be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions on behalf of the selected employees. It is expected that USCIS will complete the lottery and be able to notify selected petitions by the end of March. Employers will then have a 90-day window to file the H-1B petition with USCIS. 

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