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...

Expansion of Nonimmigrant Interview Waivers - Visa Renewals

March 09, 2021
The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 mont

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions - Updated Jan 2021

March 05, 2021
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.

J-1 Amendment Request Requirement - 60 days into the future 

February 17, 2021
Due to COVID-19 related Presidential Proclamations

US Department of State Requires Negative COVID-Test Prior to Traveling to the US

January 28, 2021
US Department of State Requires Negative COVID-Test Prior to Traveling to the US: all air passengers two years of age or older arrivi

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.

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.

Rescinded: SEVP Policy Modifications for Fall 2020 Online Courses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.