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June 2020 Archives

President Trump New Order Restricts H-1 Visas and Family Visas Through December

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued another important Presidential Proclamation on immigration. This iteration is particularly pernicious, as it affects not only family-related visas but now popular business visas. Under the order, which became effective June 24, 2020, the government will be suspending the issuance of the following visas through December 31, 2020:

USCIS Resumes Green Card Applications

Approximately two weeks ago, an article in Roll Call reported that USCIS had stopped processing green card applications. This domestic policy was putatively to align with the President's proclamation effectively barring immigrant visas from abroad, although no such announcement was made public. Fortunately, the reporter later tweeted last week that USCIS has instructed employees via email to resume processing of I-485 applications. 

Adjustment of Status Cases Being Denied Without RFE

According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a spate of anecdotal reports have come out that the National Benefits Center (or NBC) has been summarily denying adjustment of status cases without affording applicants any opportunity to rectify the alleged deficiency. Traditionally, USCIS would issue Requests for Evidence or Notices of Intent to Deny if missing documentation or problematic issues were discovered during an initial review of the file. This new practice aligns with recent enforcement changes implemented in 2018 granting adjudicators much more authority to deny cases.

USCIS Has Resumed In-Person Appointments

In some good news, USCIS began resuming in-person operations last week. Individuals may soon begin receiving appointments for interviews and naturalization oath ceremonies. That being said, this is still an incremental roll-out, with limited face-to-face services. As a consequence, expect to see interviews and appointments being conducted, but not on as an extensive scale as prior times

Latest Presidential Proclamation on Visas Bars Chinese Foreign Students

Last Friday, President Trump issued another proclamation suspending entry of certain foreign nationals. This latest salvo is directed, in particular, at certain Chinese nationals attempting to enter the US on F-1 student visas or J-1 visas. At first blush, the order appears to restrict such visas to all Chinese nationals, but upon closer reading, is narrowly tailored towards Chinese nationals associated with organizations or entities that implement or support China's military civil fusion strategy. Military fusion strategy is further defined as actions "by or at the behest of the PRC to acquire and divert foreign technologies, specifically critical and emerging technologies, to incorporate into and advance the PRC's military capabilities." Subject to certain exceptions, the order covers any Chinese individual seeking to enter on an F-1 or J-1 to study or conduct research and who "either receives funding from or who currently is employed by, studies at, or conducts research at or on behalf of, or has been employed by, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of an entity in the PRC that implements or supports" China's military fusion programs.

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