The COVID-19 pandemic upended travel and immigration in ways no one could have anticipated. As the pandemic approaches the one-year mark, many green card holders find themselves unexpectedly outside the U.S. or needing to travel internationally, with more questions than answers about how to juggle travel and safety guidance without jeopardizing their residence and future chances for citizenship. Free webinar this Friday, addressing what green card holders outside the U.S. need to do to preserve their legal permanent residence and future citizenship options. Preserving Permanent Residence and Reentry to the U.S.Friday, December 18, 202012:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET Register Here
Tous ceux qui ont connu l’expatriation ou le suivi de conjoint à l’étranger le savent : nos parcours ne sont pas toujours linéaires. Il y a des moments où nous nous sommes pleinement consacrés à notre famille, d’autres où nous avons travaillé et parfois dans des métiers et secteurs totalement différents. D’autres encore où nous avons eu l’opportunité de nous investir dans des projets de bénévolat qui ont pu nous révéler à nous même. SUITE
The Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution is seeking a leader for The Echidna Global Scholars Program. The
Echidna Global Scholars Program aims to build the research, analytical,
and leadership skills of girls’ education champions — decision makers,
NGO leaders, and academics — who have substantial experience and ties
to low and middle income countries. The program
consists of a residency component as well as pre- and post-residency
activities. A key component of the program is to nurture and strengthen a
growing network of new Echidna Scholars and Echidna Alumni, who are
girls’ education leaders around the world.
This is a really amazing opportunity to
build a pipeline of girls’ education leaders around the globe, and
engage with a network of passionate leaders. Help us identify the right
person to shepherd this work!
Please see the job posting for
a Fellow or Senior Fellow here,
One day in September, Elizabeth Leiba
opened the LinkedIn app and saw a post by Aaisha Joseph, a diversity
consultant with nearly 16,000 followers on the platform.
“Ima need #companies to stop sending their dedicated House Negros to ‘deal with the Blacks’ they deem out of control,” read the item. “It’s really not a good look — it’s actually a very #whitesupremacist and #racist one.”
The idea is simple: Students who see themselves in science are more likely to imagine themselves working in the field.
To that end, a project called “I Am A Scientist” is giving middle and high school students the opportunity to interact with modern-day researchers — breaking down barriers like race, gender, and personal interests. It provides teachers with toolkits containing stories, posters, and career resources showcasing 22 scientists’ range of personalities, backgrounds, pathways, and passions. Many of those portrayed have Harvard connections. MORE
A flurry of confusing pandemic-related changes to immigration policy have international students struggling to understand how their visas and, ultimately, academic careers may be impacted by these troubling directives. This alert clarifies the most current policies impacting international students and which visa categories may be affected. As always, GYH attorneys are available for consultations to answer any questions you have about your immigration process.
Good News: Online-only Course Loads Allowed for International Students The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 6th issued a directive that would have required international students to have at least some in-person classes in order to stay in the country. Last week, a swift lawsuit by Harvard and MIT, which argued the directive forced schools to choose between sacrificing international students and risking public health and safety, forced DHS to rescind the order. The rescission of the directive restores the March 13 guidance permitting current students on F-1 visas to remain in the U.S. while taking online-only only course loads. Unfortunately, newly enrolling international students are still not allowed to take online-only course loads but the case remains open and it is expected that the Trump Administration will also be asked to defend the restrictions facing newly-enrolled international students.
National Interest Exceptions to Schengen Travel Ban The Department of State (DOS) announced that some students in the Schengen area, UK, and Ireland may qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE). Students with valid F-1 or M-1 visas traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland have been granted a blanket exception and do not have to take any special action to travel. Students travelling from these areas on J-1 visas should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to request a NIE. Note that consular closures, which have been in place for months, largely remain in effect. Some posts are reportedly opening but, for the most part, we have seen little movement from these posts and few visas are being issued at this point.
since I relocated from Boston to Ghana in 2016, I regularly get asked a
variation on the following question: “Why did you uproot your life and
promising career path in the US and move on your own to Africa? You got
your Ph.D. from MIT — I’m sure you must have had other options.”
short answer is “Well, it certainly wasn’t my plan from the beginning! I
knew embarrassingly little about Africa beforehand. I was getting
attention around my work (My Ph.D. research is on exhibit at the MIT Museum–
do visit if you’re in Boston!), and I did have job offers. But God
challenged me to adopt a new framework for viewing the world and my role
The longer answer is multi-faceted, drawing from many aspects of my life experiences, and it continues to evolve along with the weaving of my life story. I can point to 4 main stages in my journey to/through/with Africa so far, and I’d love to take you through each of them. MORE
In a swift reversal, the Trump administration has agreed to rescind a
directive that would have barred international college students from
the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule change,
released last week, would have prohibited foreign students from
entering or remaining in the country to take fully online course loads. A
number of colleges and universities had already announced plans to offer online-only classes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency’s July 6 announcement was met with immediate backlash.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the U.S. government in federal court two days later, calling the directive “arbitrary and capricious” and seeking to have it reversed and declared unlawful.
Many colleges, universities, municipalities and tech companies expressed their support for the legal challenge in their own court filings.
In Tuesday’s session at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the universities were expected to make arguments saying that this rule was onerous for schools and even dangerous for students. MORE