US Immigration Updates

US Immigration Updates

What is this database?

This resource is a searchable database of US immigration updates impacting members of the Appalachian community. This is a general information summary database of select immigration updates and is not intended to be comprehensive.

This table is updated weekly on Mondays.

Please contact issso@appstate.edu if you would like to suggest an update or if you have questions or concerns regarding your specific situation.

Title Topic Population impacted Effective start date of guidance End date of guidance

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Update

  • A federal court found DACA unlawful. The government cannot grant new DACA applications. But existing DACA recipients are allowed to retain their grant of DACA and apply for renewal All individuals whose DACA requests were granted prior to this decision will continue to have and be eligible to renew DACA 
  • Frequently Asked Questions available, as well as Reminders to DACA Recipients and Employers in Spanish and English
Immigration/Visa status
Employment
Other
DACA
July 16, 2021
Ongoing

USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals

Travel
Immigration/Visa status
Employment
Other
Permanent resident
September 26, 2022
Ongoing

Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services at US Embassies

Travel
Immigration/Visa status
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
February 24, 2020
Ongoing

2019 Public Charge Rule Vacated and Removed

  • March 11, 2021: DHS formally removed the "Public Charge Rule" which required certain individuals applying for a visa, admission, or adjustment of status to demonstrate they will not at any time in the future become a "public charge" (receive government assistance in the form of unemployment benefits, food stamps, etc.)
  • March 9, 2021: DHS provided an update directing applicants and petitioners to no longer provide information required solely by the Public Charge Final Rule when completing USCIS forms (ISSSO will not include Public Charge information when filing H-1B petitions; personal filings of extension of stay, adjustment of status, etc. need not incude Public Charge information)
Travel
Employment
Other
H-1B
Permanent resident
DACA
March 9, 2021
Ongoing

COVID-19 Vaccine Required for Immigrant Medical Exam

Other
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
August 25, 2021
Ongoing

State Department updates on U.S. visa news

Travel
Other
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
Permanent resident
Dependent
Ongoing

Work Permits and Relief from Removal for DACA Students

Other
DACA
January 20, 2021
Ongoing

F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online

  • F-1 students can now apply for OPT online. Online filing allows applicants to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case anytime from anywhere, and receive notices from USCIS online instead of waiting for them in the mail.
  • Certain individuals applying for an EAD card for other applications may also file the I-765 online
  • Applicants can still submit paper applications to USCIS
Employment
F-1 student
Permanent resident
April 12, 2021
Ongoing

Electronic I-20s now Acceptable


Other
F-1 student
Dependent
November 1, 2021
Ongoing

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions


Travel
Immigration/Visa status
F-1 student
J-1 student
J-1 scholar
H-1B
January 2, 2022
Ongoing