Presidential Proclamation Impacting H-1B Employees Extended Until March 31, 2021

January 04, 2022
JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: The June 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation barring issuance and entry of H-1B visas by the US Department of State has been extended until March 31, 2021...

Proclamation Ending Discriminatory Bans on US Entry

January 21, 2021
On January, 20, 2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States, revoking Executive Order 13780 and Proclamations 9645, 9723 and 9983...

USCIS Announces Increase in Premium Processing Fee - Effective Immediately

October 16, 2020
USCIS announced today that premium processing fees have increased from $1,440 to $2,500. The change is effective immediately and primarily impacts UCSF's H-1B population.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

October 01, 2020
As a result of Coronavirus, the U.S. government has implemented a number of policies that significantly impact the ability of travelers to enter the country.

Federal judge issues injunction blocking Oct 2 USCIS fee increase

September 30, 2020
A federal district court issued a nationwide injunction that prohibits USCIS from enforcing the regulation that was set to increase USCIS filing fees on October 2nd.

DHS Proposed Rule for Elimination of "Duration of Status" (D/S)

September 29, 2020
On Friday September 25, 2020 the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule that seeks to eliminate the practice of Duration Of Status and replace it with a date certain I-94 end date among other changes.

USCIS Fee Increase – Updated BearBuy Checks Required From Sept 1, 2020

August 11, 2020
US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase their processing fees by a weighted average of 20% to help recover its operational costs. Effective September 1, 2020, employment-based visa requests (H-1B, TN, E-3, O-1) submitted to Human Resources must have new USCIS fees requested t

Rescinded: SEVP Policy Modifications for Fall 2020 Online Courses

July 07, 2020
On July 14, the US Department of Homeland Security agreed to rescind the policy directive that would have required at least some in-person university coursework in order to remain in the US.

Presidential Proclamation of Certain Graduate Students and Researchers from the PRC

June 02, 2020
On May 29, 2020, a Presidential Proclamation was issued which bars visa issuance for certain foreign nationals who are both affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) or other institutions supporting the PLA’s “military-civil fusion...

Reinstatement of Premium Processing

June 01, 2020
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume accepting H-1B premium processing requests on the following dates: