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At a Glance: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted F1 visa students in the US. School closures have left many without housing, and delays in the academic semester have financial consequences, especially for those with loans. Travel bans have prevented students from returning home. Online …

On March 25th, the United States Congress passed H.R. 748 (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act), a third-of-its-kind relief package to provide assistance to U.S. citizens.  But like the preceding two COVID-19 relief bills (the Coronavirus Preparedness and Respons…

As many of you may be aware at this point, the USCIS offices have now closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and all person-to-person activities have been suspended until the 3rd of May. At the same time, they have also issued 60-day flexibility so that they may respond to NOID and RFE – including the a…

At a Glance The SS-5 form is used to apply for a Social Security card. It is required for first-time applicants, lost/damaged cards, name changes, or changes in citizenship status. The form has 18 sections and must be accompanied by supporting documents. Submission methods include in-person at a Soc…

Note: CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations. For more travel-related information during the COVID-19 outbreak, you can visit the CDC’s website. COVID-19 has caused a lockdown in many countries. Movement within the country is restricted, and m…

At a Glance When applying for a U.S. visa, all applicants, including children, must provide a photo. Specific requirements for the photo include square dimensions, an RGB color scheme, JPEG format, and a size under 240 KB. The photo should show the full face, neck, and shoulders with a non-smiling e…

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and has left a lot of devastation in its wake. Not only are there health concerns for everyone, but economic pressures have caused many to lose their jobs.  H1B visa holders are no exception. Unfortunately, potential unemployment has a lot bigger impact on …

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has affected U.S. citizens, non-citizens, immigrants, and visa holders alike. The potential health threat of the virus is enormous and, for the time being, it doesn’t seem to be going away.  Noncitizens and visa holders are struggling with the negative effects o…

I-94W is the nonimmigrant visa waiver arrival or departure record form that must be completed by every nonimmigrant visitor who does not have a visitor’s visa. This applies to people who are citizens of the countries referred to in 8 CRF 217. If you are not sure if your country belongs to this group…

At a Glance A visa overstay occurs when someone stays in the United States beyond the expiration date of their visa. It can lead to inadmissibility, a bar to changing or extending status, visa voidance, and restrictions on applying for a new visa. There are exceptions and waivers available in certai…

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