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COVID-19 Critical Resources

December 31, 2020
COVID-19 news and updates are maintained on NAFSA's Coronavirus Critical Updates page. Visit that page frequently for the latest information.
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NAFTA Transitions to USMCA Effective July 1, 2020

July 3, 2020
On July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The criteria for TN admission under the USMCA are the same as under NAFTA. Whereas TN admission under NAFTA was governed by the list of Professionals in Appendix 1603.D.1 to Annex 1603 of NAFTA, TN admission under the USMCA will be governed by the list of Professionals in USMCA Chapter 16 Appendix 2. The appendices are identical.
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Spring 2020 Regulatory Agenda Published

July 1, 2020
On June 30, 2020, the Administration published the Spring 2020 regulatory agenda. Visit NAFSA's page to see the immigration-related highlights.
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SCOTUS Rescinds DACA Rescission

June 19, 2020
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held that DHS’s decision to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.
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USCIS Rescinds Prior Memos on Third-Party Placements, Contracts and Itineraries

June 18, 2020
In a June 17, 2020 policy memorandum, USCIS rescinded prior policy memoranda on third-party placements, contracts, and itineraries, and issued updated policy guidance in their place.
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OFLC Announces Migration of Website to New Domain

June 17, 2020
On June 3, 2020, the Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification announced that in July it will move the OFLC website to a new domain.
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Status of Form I-765

June 4, 2020
The current (12/26/19) edition of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, had OMB authorization only until 05/31/20. USCIS says, "We will publish a new edition of this form soon. In the meantime, you may file using the 12/26/19 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions."
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Proposal to Replace Duration of Status Moves Forward

June 4, 2020
On June 3, 2020, DHS submitted for OMB review a proposed rule that would eliminate "duration of status" for F, J, and I nonimmigrants, replacing it with a fixed time period of admission and an extension of stay procedure. This item is at the proposed rule stage, which means that future rule making will proceed through normal APA public notice and comment procedures before any final rule is published.
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House Republican Letter to DHS and DOS in Support of International Students and OPT

June 3, 2020
On June 2, 2020, 21 House Republicans sent a letter to the Departments of Homeland Security and State in support of international students and Optional Practical Training (OPT). The letter, strongly supported by NAFSA, cites the many contributions of international students and scholars and encourages the Trump administration to maintain OPT.
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USCIS Fee Rule Under Review at OMB

June 1, 2020
On May 29, 2020, USCIS submitted a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. USCIS had published a proposed rule on November 14, 2019. In the final rule, USCIS may have revised the proposed fees in response to public comment, OMB review, and other factors such as funding pressures due to COVID-19. No changes will go into effect until the final rule is published in the Federal Register with a future effective date.
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