Important Immigration Updates

EXECUTIVE ORDERS, IMPLEMENTATION MEMOS, PROCLAMATIONS, FACT SHEETS AND Q&A SHEETS:

Page last updated: September 25, 2020

September 25th Update:  Proposed Regulations for Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admissin and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media.  We are reviewing the proposed regulation and will provide updates once this review is completed.  More information can be found at the links below:

Text from the Federal Register

NAFSA Summary

New Students 

New Students (coming to the U.S for Fall 2020):
  • I-20 can be issued electronically
  • Can apply for a visa and enter the U.S.
  • Must be full-time for Fall 2020
  • Cannot be 100% online
  • Can remain in the U.S. if the university switches from remote/hybrid to online
New Students (not coming to the U.S. for Fall 2020)
  • I-20 will be issued for Spring 2021
  • Can be not enrolled, part-time or full-time for Fall 2020
  • Can take online courses or remote instruction courses if the professor can accommodate
New Students (Transfer – inside the U.S.)
  • I-20 can be issued electronically
  • Must be full-time for Fall 2020
  • Can be in person/hybrid/on-line
  • Can remain in the U.S. if the university switches from remote/hybrid to online
New Students (Transfer – outside the U.S.)
  • I-20 will be issued for Spring 2021
  • Can be not enrolled, part-time or full-time for Fall 2020
  • Can take online courses or remote instruction courses if the professor can accommodate
New Students (Transition from one program to another program at UNL – inside the U.S.)
  • I-20 can be issued electronically
  • Must be full-time in Fall 2020
  • Can be in person/hybrid/on-line
  • Can remain in the U.S. if the university switches from remote/hybrid to online
New Students (Transition from one program to another program at UNL – outside the U.S.)
  • Must be full-time in Fall 2020
  • Can take online courses or remote instruction courses if the professor can accommodate

Current Students

Current students (inside the U.S.)
  • Updated I-20 can be issued electronically
  • Must be full-time for Fall 2020
  • Can be in person/hybrid/on-line
  • Can remain in the U.S. if the university switches from remote/hybrid to online
Current students (outside the U.S.)
  • Must be full-time for Fall 2020 to continue to have an active SEVIS record
  • Can take online courses or remote instruction courses if the professor can accommodate

  

July 14, 2020 Update
On July 14th the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) rescinded the guidance and FAQs that were issued on July 6th and July 7th, 2020.   This means that we will return to the March 2020 guidance that allowed for online learning for students whether they remained in the US or left the country and for us to keep SEVIS record active provided the student registers for a full course load.  We expect that USDHS will be making an official DHS announcement soon which extends the March guidance through the Fall 2020 semester. We will continue to monitor and provide updates as this information becomes available.

 July 7, 2020 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announcement on new guidelines that impact F-1 international students

Message from AVC Josh Davis 7/7/2020


June 22, 2020 Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens who present a risk to the U.S. Labor Market

June 22, 2020 Proclamation

  

Suspending entry of certain Chinese graduate students and visiting scholars

On May 29, the U.S. president signed a proclamation that suspends the entry of certain F-1 and J-1 graduate students and visiting scholars from China effective June 1, 2020.

At this time, while we believe the scope of impact from this proclamation will be relatively low at UNL, there are still many unknowns regarding how this policy will be implemented. Until we are advised otherwise by the U.S. government, we will continue to process immigration documents for all F-1 and J-1 students and visiting scholars from China.

Who is NOT impacted

  • All new and continuing undergraduate students
  • All legal permanent residents
  • A spouse of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • F-1 or J-1 graduate students or visiting scholars "in a field involving information that would not contribute to the PRC’s military‑civil fusion strategy"
  • *This section of the proclamation is vague, and will be defined in the future by the U.S. Secretaries of State and Homeland Security. We do not know when they will provide further clarification. We will update this page as soon as we know more.

Who is impacted

  • New graduate F-1 or J-1 students and visiting scholars who:
    • Currently receive funding, are employed by, study at, or conduct research at or on behalf of "an entity in the PRC [People's Republic of China] that implements or supports the PRC’s 'military-civil fusion strategy'"
    • Have previously been employed at, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of "an entity in the PRC [People's Republic of China] that implements or supports the PRC’s 'military-civil fusion strategy'"
  • The U.S. Secretary of State shall determine if current F-1 or J-1 graduate students and visiting scholars who are in the United States and have a valid visa meet the criteria regarding involvement in "military-fusion strategy" and determine whether their visa should be revoked.

The proclamation defines "military-civil fusion strategy" as "actions by or at the behest of the PRC to acquire and divert foreign technologies, specifically critical and emerging technologies, to incorporate into and advance the PRC’s military capabilities."

We support our students and scholars from China who are here to learn from and share their knowledge with UNL. We welcome students and visiting scholars regardless of background or citizenship.

Travel Considerations

Anyone wishing to travel outside of the U.S. and needing to apply for a new visa to return should allow plenty of time for visa processing as interview wait times are expected to increase significantly or be halted altogether. We advise you to review appointment and processing times on the Department of State's website.

Additional Information and Resources

Current travel warnings

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) will keep this page updated as new information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact the ISSO for assistance at (402) 472-0324 (calls will be returned on the next business if you leave a message after hours), by e-mail at isso@unl.edu, or in person on the second floor of Seaton Hall. For emergency assistance after business hours, contact the University Operator at (402) 472-7211.

On December 4, 2017 the Supreme Court of the United States allowed the U.S. government to fully enforce the travel ban listed below. Please see this resource from NAFSA for more details on how this travel ban affects each of the countries listed.

As of September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive order 13780 (Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States). This proclamation restricts entry for nationals of eight countries, are country-specific and tailored to the situation of each individual country: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Somalia.

The text of the proclamation can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/24/enhancing-vetting-capabilities-and-processes-detecting-attempted-entry.

Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

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