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Concerns about scientist immigration to the US have amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused research disruptions and career delays for many chemistry graduate students and postdoctoral scholars worldwide. 

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New visa restrictions won’t affect most Penn intl. students. Many still remain worried.

Ganeshan, an international student from Singapore and beat reporter for 34th Street, said that while ISSS has been helpful, she wishes the organization's website and emails better reflected the most urgent needs of international students.  

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The Real Threat to the US Economy is Trump’s Proclamation, Not the Nonimmigrant Workers it Bans

The Proclamation does not apply to: anyone who was inside the United States on June 24, 2020, individuals who are outside the United States and have a nonimmigrant visa or other official immigration document (such as a transportation letter, an appropriate boarding foil, or an advance parole document) that is valid on June 24, 2020, Lawful permanent residents of the United States (green card holders), spouses and children of U.S. citizens, individuals seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or essential to the United States food supply chain; and anyone whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

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Workers Already in U.S. Are Exempt from Suspension of New Work Visas


On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order suspending the issuance of a variety of United States work visas until the end of 2020.  The affected visa classes include H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1, as well as derivative visas for family members accompanying the primary visa applicants.

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Administration Steps Closer to Issuing End Dates on Student Visas

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to push forward a proposed rule that would set a maximum period of authorized stay for students.

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Trump's Freeze On H-1B Work Visas Disproportionately Affects Indians

The Trump administration's latest freeze on certain types of work visas, designed to protect American jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, is having a disproportionate effect on workers in India.

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Proclamation Suspending Nonimmigrant Entries

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation further restricting immigration into the United States. The new proclamation is an extension of the previous proclamation issued on April 22, 2020 that suspends certain green card applications and limits highly skilled workers and several nonimmigrant visa categories.

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H-1B Employer-Employee and Contract Requirements Relaxed

In a rather surprising move, USCIS has relaxed standards for adjudicating employer-employee relationships and contract and itinerary requirements for H-1B petitions. These changes mainly apply to consulting companies involving third-parties. 

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I am currently in the U.S. on an OPT and my employer filed an H-1B petition. Does the new executive order affect my H-1B application?

Let’s analyze the following scenario: You are currently in the U.S. on an OPT status or on a cap-gap extension and your employer filed an H-1B visa  change of status application. The H-1B  application is currently pending with USCIS and you may be wondering if the executive order that was signed on June 22, 2020 applies to your situation.

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Can I have an unpaid internship if I am in the U.S. on an OPT status?

If you studied in the U.S. on an F-1 visa and you are currently in the U.S. on a post completion OPT, you may be wondering if you can get an unpaid internship given that many companies stopped their hiring process due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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