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After H-1B ban, Silicon Valley startups look to Canada for engineering talent

Several Silicon Valleystartups may shift part of their engineering teams to Canada following the suspension of H-1B and other non-immigrant work permits in the United States till December 31.

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International students face uncertainties, concerns for fall 2020, study shows

A new study shows international students at large are more satisfied with the remote learning experience than their domestic counterparts are, but they are more concerned with health, safety and immigration.

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International students feel stuck between options

As Monday's deadline looms ahead for undergraduate students to pick between online or in-person courses, international students say they feel ill-equipped to choose what their fall semester will look like.

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USCIS COVID-19 Response: An Overview of the Resumption of In-Person Services

On March 18, 2020, United States Customs and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) temporarily suspended in-person services at their field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs) in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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USCIS Further Extends Existing COVID-19 Accommodations on RFEs, NOIDs, Appeals and Other Responses

In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS is further extending its 60-day deadline extension policy for responses to various agency actions to September 11, 2020.  

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain:

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The COVID-19 Hits Keep Coming – Certain Work Visas Halted Until 2021

Last week, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending the issuance of new H-1B, H-2B, J and L visas through December 31, 2020 (description of the types of visas are included below).  

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Long-term H1B visa holders may be forced out of US by Trump

This may of course never happen.  We do not know.   It seems that there might be a plan to force out H1B visa holders, mainly Indians, who are working in the US while waiting for an approved employment based immigrant visa petition.  

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USCIS releases first estimate of H-1B visa workers

US Customs and Immigration Services released a report that found there were 583,420 such workers in the US as of Sept. 30, 2019, the end of the last federal fiscal year. The number was unknown until last week.  

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What is a 221(g) visa refusal? What is a 214(b) refusal? Can I reapply for a visa if it was denied under 214(b)?

When you are applying for a visa at a Consulate, your visa may be approved, but the Consular Officer may also deny your visa application under section 214(b) or 221(g).

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