Important immigration news in the last couple of weeks
Perhaps the most important immigration news was the government’s threat to deport international university students who cannot enroll in in-person classes and would have to take all their classes online, due to COVID-19. There was an uproar on this decision, and it was very short-lived. Prestigious schools like MIT and Harvard were prepared to sue the government. Other schools like the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania and dozens of others joined with their Ivy League peers, in filing an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit to block enforcement of the government’s order. NAFSA, the Association of International Educators that is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, by working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come, as well as many other interest groups, sent thousands of petitions voicing their discontent with the order. Finally, the government rescinded the order, and now it has become the news of the past.
On a brighter note, USCIS announced that it has launched a new website and that it will become much more efficient by taking online applications in many more categories than before. We sincerely hope that this will improve the adjudication time of immigration cases. This is certainly very good news and one that we welcome.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin for August came out today. We are pleased to continue to see improvement in retrogression tables for EB-5. India was out of retrogression last month and continues to be current with both Final Action Dates tables and Dates of Filing tables. China and Vietnam also advanced on the Final Action Tables from 22 July 2015 (China) and 15 May 2017 (Vietnam) to 8 August 2015 (China) and 22 July 2017 (Vietnam).
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