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DHS Proposes Changes to Public Charge Rules On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule entitled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds. Public comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before December 10, 2018. Dec 13, 2018
Notes from the September 6, 2018 CIS Ombudsman Teleconference on RFEs and NOIDs Notes from the September 6, 2018 USCIS Ombudsman teleconference on USCIS' new RFE policy. Sep 11, 2018
Discontinuance of Visa Issuance Under INA 243(d) The Trump administration has invoked INA 243(d) against Cambodia, Eritrea, and Sierra Leone, resulting in partial discontinuance of visa issuance at consular posts in those countries until they begin accepting their repatriated citizens to the satisfaction of the United States. Aug 28, 2018
Chair, Travel Subcommittee (ISS RP)

The Travel Subcommittee is part of the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee. The subcommittee focuses on international student and scholar visa and travel issues and identifies topics for strategic liaison with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Visa Office and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Jul 16, 2018
Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order NAFSA Advisory on "Travel Ban 3.0." Jun 26, 2018
Executive Order Entry Ban Litigation Updates This resource focuses on the litigation surrounding the litigation arising out of Proclamation 9645 of September 24, 2017 (Travel Ban 3.0). Jun 26, 2018
Restrictions on Chinese Visas In mid-March, 2018, news outlets reported that the Department of State is considering limiting the duration of certain nonimmgirant visas for citizens of China. This NAFSA page provides basic information and links to resources. Jun 07, 2018
Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change A structural approach can help in the process of considering change. Here is a suggested structure to think about. May 24, 2018
DOS Proposes Adding Social Media, Other Questions to DS-160 Visa Application On March 30, 2018 the Department of State (DOS) proposed adding several additional questions to Form DS-160 (nonimmigrant) and Form DS-260 (immigrant) visa applications, including questions on the applicant's social media identifiers, telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel. NAFSA and 55 other organizations joined in a May 24, 2018 comment letter. May 24, 2018
DOS Expands Presumption of Misrepresentation Rule to 90 Days Effective August 1, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) revised its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) guidance on how consular officers should make determinations of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(6)(C) based on a finding of willful misrepresentation. Under the revised FAM entry, a consular officer may presume there was a presumption of willful misrepresentation "if an alien violates or engages in conduct inconsistent with his or her nonimmigrant status within 90 days of entry." The prior rule had specified a 30-day period. Mar 30, 2018
National Vetting Center On February 6, 2018, President Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM 9) to establish a National Vetting Center whose principal role will be to improve the way agencies coordinate and use biographic, biometric, and contextual information from various pre-existing sources. Feb 07, 2018
U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services On December 28, 2017, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey announced that political conditions in that country had improved so as to "allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey." Because of the prior full and partial suspension of visa services earlier in Fall 2017 (see Background, below), demand for visa appointments may result in delays in obtaining a visa appointment, however. Jan 02, 2018
Implementation of Enhanced Security Standards for Flights Destined to the United States

On October 26, 2017, airlines worldwide were required to satisfy new levels of security for flights destined to the United States, which will likely add time to the flight check-in and pre-flight security processes. U.S. and foreign travelers bound to the United States should contact their airline to determine if the airline has changed its recommendation on how soon before a flight passengers should arrive at the airport.

Oct 26, 2017
6 March 2017 Presidential Memorandum on Heightened Screening, Vetting, and Enforcement March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General with the subject line: Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People. 81 FR 16279. Oct 26, 2017
90-Day Travel Ban on Six Countries Under Executive Order 13780 Section 2(c)

The partially reinstated 90-day travel ban will be instituted on Thursday, June 29, at 8:00 PM, EDT. A Department of State cable provides detailed instructions to consular officers on the implementation. This follows a June 26, 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision that partially granted the government's request to stay the preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban that had been issued by U.S. District Courts in Maryland and Hawaii. The Supreme Court decision, however, only partially restores the 90-day travel ban. The lower courts' injunctions on the ban remain intact for individuals "who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Most students, exchange visitors, and employment-based nonimmigrants should be able to meet this condition, and should therefore continue to be protected from the 90-day ban.

Sep 22, 2017
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