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.
First of all, though USCIS has announced numerous operational changes (including a temporary reprieve from the requirement for wet ink signatures, and the – not unexpected – suspension of premium processing) at this time they have not announced any changes to the cap lottery and filing timeline.
Here’s what you can expect: March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants. April 1: The earliest date that FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed. Registration Selection Notifications USCIS intends to notify registrants (employers) and their representatives (attorneys) with selected registrations via their USCIS online accounts no later than March 31, 2020. A registrant’s USCIS online account will show one of the four following statuses for each registration: Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. “Submitted” registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be Selected, Not Selected or Denied. Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition. NotSelected: Not selected for this fiscal year.
Please note that a registration will not reflect a status of NotSelected until
the conclusion of the fiscal year. In the event that USCIS determines
that it needs to increase the number of registrations projected to meet
the H-1B regular cap or the advanced degree exemption allocation, USCIS
will select from registrations held in reserve to meet the H-1B regular
cap or advanced degree exemption allocation.
The same registrant or representative submitted more than one
registration on the beneficiary’s behalf for the same fiscal year. All
registrations the registrant or representative submitted on behalf of
the same beneficiary for the same fiscal year are invalid.
cap-subject beneficiaries, including those eligible for the advanced
degree exemption, must have a “Selected” registration notification in
order for a registrant or representative to properly file an H-1B
cap-subject petition for FY 2021. Registrants and representatives will
not receive non-selection notifications until the conclusion of the
fiscal year. Until that time, the status of registrations not selected
as part of any initial random selection process and not denied will
remain as “Submitted.”
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, to schedule a consultation, or to initiate an H-1B filing.
The World Bank Group aims to scale up its presence in Fragile, Conflict and Violence (FCV) settings, filling over 100 positions by June 30, 2020. On February 3, we will hold our first FCV Job Fair in Washington D.C. RSVP to attend here. https://lnkd.in/gBNxnm5
Quand le job rêvé se transforme en cauchemar: les tribulations d’un fonctionnaire éthiopien de la Banque Mondiale.
In 1978, my father, Yonas Biru, fled Ethiopia to escape a reign of terror imposed by a communist junta. His endeavor was risky. Anyone who was caught fleeing was shot dead on the spot. He fled under the cover of night with only the clothes he wore, a plastic water canteen and an Ethiopian Coptic cross. Continue reading →
The World Bank Group is launching a recruitment drive aimed at increasing the number of Caribbean professionals in its work force. This commitment to hire Caribbean nationals reflects the Bank Group’s senior leadership commitment for a diverse workforce in which Caribbean nationals can play a key role in fighting poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
In 2015, the World Bank Group launched a recruitment mission to attract Sub Saharan African professionals to its work force. The initiative was the first of its kind for the institution and resulted in numerous hires into business areas such as Education, Health, Development Economics, Information Technology Systems, Social Urban/Rural & Resilience and Governance. The World Bank Group continues its commitment to hiring Sub-Saharan African professionals and announces its latest recruitment mission to again attract highly qualified Sub-Saharan African professionals who are looking for an exciting career, where their effort will contribute to the institution’s goal of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.Continue reading →
The World Bank (WB) Young Professionals Program is a premier global recruitment program and is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people (under 33 – born on October 1, 1984 or after) with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the World Bank’s Operations such as: economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management. More
1. JOB: Sierra Leone President’s Ebola recovery team, McKinsey (Deadline Monday, April 4 9am)
Team Leader – Support to the Sierra Leone President’s Delivery Team
McKinsey is a global management-consulting firm that helps leading organisations and governments make distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in their performance. Over the last seven decades, the firm’s primary objective has remained constant: to serve senior leaders as their most trusted external advisor on critical issues facing their organisations. We have made a significant commitment to working across sectors (public, social, and private) to tackle the world’s most pressing issues in economic development. We have unparalleled reach (106 offices in 61 countries), experience (serving over 90 national governments, multilaterals or foundations), and an outstanding talent base (17,000 employees). We have conducted over 1,000 economic development client engagements in over 95 countries on all continents during the past 5 years Continue reading →
Aujourd’hui, je vous fais découvrir une autre grande université de la capitale américaine, George Washington University.
GWU comme on dit est en termes d’étudiants une des plus grosses universités à Washington DC. En images. Continue reading →