To our International Students and Scholars: Important Immigration Updates 6/12/20

Friday, Jun 12, 2020
by Albert Rivera

The following email was sent out to our international students and scholars on June 12, 2020:

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Please do not respond to this email. Should you have any questions, please email puvisa@princeton.edu or contact your assigned advisor

 

To our International Students and Scholars,

On behalf of the Davis International Center I would like to update you on the latest immigration developments. First, our team in close collaboration with other campus partners has been monitoring a new Immigration-related proclamation reported to be released this month by the Trump Administration. The anticipated proclamation may significantly impact the entry of foreign nationals to the U.S. on certain temporary work visas (e.g., H-1B) as well as include other provisions that could impact our international population. We will not know official details until the proclamation is issued.  

Reports of an imminent proclamation have sparked warranted concerns across the Princeton international student and scholar community. Once the proclamation is released and carefully analyzed by our team for its scope and effect, we will address the community swiftly. Our analysis will be posted to our website and we will hold virtual information sessions for affected individuals.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Davis International Center Advisor who can best advise you based on your particular situation. We are conducting individual appointments via Zoom/phone, virtual advising hours (via Zoom) for both students and scholars, and are here to help you during these difficult and uncertain times. 

The following is an updated summary of other recent immigration-related developments: 

New Presidential Proclamation Suspends Entry of Certain Chinese Students and Researchers:
This proclamation prohibits certain Chinese nationals from using F or J nonimmigrant visas to enter the United States to engage in graduate study or research if they have been associated with entities that support the Chinese government’s military-civil fusion (MCF) strategy. However, until the federal government provides more details, we are unable to determine which individuals will be subject to it and how it will be executed.  The Davis International Center is monitoring the situation closely and will post updates as soon as they become available. 

Status of U.S. Embassy/Consulate Closures:
U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide remain closed for routine visa services. We continue to monitor the situation and will post updated information once the U.S. Department of State makes an official announcement. Country specific information can be found here. Please keep in mind that COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in effect even for those holding valid U.S. visas.

USCIS Field Offices Reopened: 
On June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices resumed non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services at a later date. USCIS has enacted precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reopened facilities. Appointment notices will provide further instructions for visiting USCIS facilities. Details of the enacted precautions can be found here.

H-1B Premium Processing Reinstated:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month. Dates are subject to change as USCIS continues to take on more premium processing requests and USCIS will announce any changes to these dates accordingly.

Finally, if you aren’t already doing so, visit our website often for the latest updates on immigration and events. Thank you for your time, please stay safe, and do reach out to us if we can be of assistance.

With warm regards,

Albert
 

Albert Rivera
Director
Davis International Center
Princeton University
Louis A. Simpson International Building
(609) 258-9403