Supreme Court allows parts of Executive Order to go into effect

The United States Supreme Court issued an opinion on June 26 that allows parts of President Trump’s most recent Executive Order to go into effect. The Supreme Court will consider further actions on the case in October 2017. The Supreme Court ruling allows the ban against initial visa issuance and entry into the United States for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who “lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
 

“Know Your Rights” Immigration Presentation at UMass Set for April 27

On Thursday, April 27, UMass System immigration counsel Attorney Sandra Torres will host an information session for the UMass international community focusing on current U.S. immigration regulations and knowing your rights as a non-U.S. citizen. Attorney Torres will be joined by Attorney Megan Kludt from the Northampton immigration law firm Curran & Berger, as well as Attorney Corey Carvalho of the UMass Student Legal Services Office.

Concerns raised about suspension of H1B premium processing

Sen. Elizabeth Warren
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Michael Capuano
1414 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Rep. Stephen Lynch
2268 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Rep. Joseph Kennedy, III
434 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

USCIS to Temporarily Suspend H-1B Premium Processing Effective April 3

On Friday evening, March 3, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions effective April 3, 2017. https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-will-temporarily-suspend-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions. This action is not related to recent Presidential Executive Orders and applies to citizens from all countries.

UMass Amherst Committed to Supporting Transgender Students

While the newest guidance from the federal government rescinds some previous protections for transgender students, UMass Amherst remains committed to supporting its trans students. Our nondiscrimination policy includes “gender identity and expression,” and the university will continue to seek to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including trans students. We provide access to facilities and respect students’ pronouns and names consistent with their gender identity, even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex.

Statement on Safeguarding our Community

The UMass Amherst administration is committed to supporting all students, faculty and staff, regardless of their immigration status, and the campus has initiated a number of steps to safeguard members of our community.
 
As Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy noted in a message to the campus community, “We will do everything within our legal and moral authority to protect our students, faculty and staff whether they be undocumented immigrants, refugees or international students.”
 

Task Force Named to Coordinate Responses to Executive Actions

Dear Campus Community,

As we monitor federal actions related to immigration status and other issues that directly impact the lives of so many students and colleagues, my administration and I are focused on gathering information quickly and responding in a timely fashion. As I noted previously, I want to emphasize that I will do everything in my power to support and protect every member of our diverse community.

Ninth District Court Denies Appeal to Lift Ban on Travel Ban

February 10, 2017

Dear UMass International Student & Scholar Community,

The International Programs Office is glad to inform you of some encouraging, updated news:

Updated Information Regarding the Executive Action on Immigration

February 6, 2017

Dear UMass International Community,

For the past week there has been tremendous uncertainty and disruption regarding the President’s January 27, 2017 Executive Action. As our Chancellor underscored a few days ago, UMass is absolutely committed to international education and the continued free flow of ideas, culture and people.

UMass Amherst Extends Thanks as Graduate Student from Iran Successfully Returns to the United States

Febuary 4, 2017

BOSTON  – University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student Mohsen Hosseini was welcomed back to the U.S. today by university officials at Logan International Airport, culminating a weeklong series of legal and other support in response to the president’s executive order seeking to restrict entry to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries.

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