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New Developments on student visa webinar

Thursday, July 30, 2020
at 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

There are new developments for the future of international students enrolled at U.S. universities:

ICE Says Newly Enrolling International Students Can't Come to U.S. if Classes Fully Online

Harvard And USC Tell First-Year International Students To Stay Home

No New International Students At Harvard Due To Immigration Rules

Thursday's free webinar will cover these developments as well as the information below:

The public health crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in several universities to move to online-only classes.  Recent directives from the Trump administration required international students whose classes this fall are online to leave the United States.  After several schools and interested parties filed suit, including Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, California, Washington, among them, the guidance was revoked.  This was after a settlement in the Harvard case.

While the immediate threat has subsided, the administrations other restrictions continue to present barriers for foreign students outside America who hope to attend classes in the U.S. this fall. Various travel bans and shutdowns of visa services abroad have created a lot of uncertainty. It is very likely that the administration may try to come back and implement some other restrictions on students.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has published new FAQs, largely reverting to measures implemented in March to offer flexibility to international students whose universities moved online.

This webinar will discuss:

  1. Status of rules regarding foreign students after the settlement
  2. Review of ICE FAQs
  3. Options for students impacted by potential adverse actions
  4. What can Universities do to address the challenges?
  5. The future of education for foreign nationals in the U.S.
  6. Implications for U.S. employers
  7. Risks for employees working remotely


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Over the past twenty years Mohammad (Mo) Ali Syed has developed a thriving immigration, litigation and international business practice.  In Immigration Law, for individuals, his experience includes family-based immigration, sponsorship, fiancé visas, asylum, naturalization, and U.S. citizenship. He has obtained EB1 expedited green cards for aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics. For businesses, Mr. Syed has vast experience with nonimmigrant and immigrant visas including H-1B, PERM (employment-based green cards), E1/E2 treaty traders and investor visas, L1 intracompany transfer visas, O, P, foreign professionals, and multinational managers and EB5 investor green cards






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