Please join experts from NACUBO, Fragomen, and Sannam S4 for an informational session on the impact of recently announced restrictive US immigration policies, as well as the practical implications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, on higher education institutions in the United States.  U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are only now beginning to process a very small number of visa applications, most of them within the diplomatic category.  Once they do open more broadly, they will have a large backlog of applications to process, including those for F-1 student visa applicants, as well as L-1 and H1B visa applications intended for research assistants, faculty and other staff.  With the Fall semester rapidly approaching and institutions making decisions as to the opening of their campuses, this session will focus on the implications of these immigration policies on higher education institutions, as well as some of the practical considerations to take into account when planning for the Fall and beyond.

In this hour-long session, our speakers will address: 

  • Immigration policy and political outlook, including the potential impact on OPT;
  • The recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo on online education requirements;
  • On-the-ground feedback on the visa application process, consular closings, and flight availability;
  • Practical solutions for compliantly employing staff abroad; and
  • Other issues impacting student, faculty and staff mobility


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