The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Friday, September 25th that could eliminate Duration of Status (D/S) admission for F and J visa holders. The proposed rule discusses changes for F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visa holders, but does not impact others (i.e., H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3, and any dependents holding derivative visas). We highlighted some of the proposed changes in our September 25th email communication. For condensed analysis and information available at this time, you may also refer to NAFSA: Association for International Education’s summary as well as Fragomen’s U.S. Immigration Alert from September 24th, 2020. It is important to note that this rule is now under a public comment period that will last until October 26, 2020. During this period of proposed rulemaking, comment and review the current regulations and guidance remain in effect. There is no change to status for students, scholars, or their dependents as this time.
We will be holding the following information sessions to discuss questions and concerns surrounding the proposed rule:
Register here for our information session on Friday, October 9th at 9:30 a.m.
Register here for our information session on Monday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.
In addition, over the coming days and weeks, Davis IC in collaboration with campus partners will determine the most effective way for Princeton University to participate in the comment period. The Davis IC along with the Office of Government Affairs will also continue to monitor the progress of this proposed rule so that we can provide the most reliable information that we can to our community in a timely manner. We encourage you to stay up to date by visiting our website as we will continue to post updates as we have them. We appreciate your support and please be assured that we are here for you during these uncertain times.