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International students at U.S. universities expressed relief after the Trump administration rescinded a rule that would have required them to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of COVID-19. (July 14)

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Leon Lewis-Nicol can still hear the gunshots. If he closes his eyes, he can picture the burning buildings. 

As a child in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a nation in West Africa devastated by civil war, Lewis-Nicol often imagined a better, safer life. His family fled the fighting, then returned to Sierra Leone, before ultimately moving to Ghana, some 900 miles away, when he was 15. But friends who traveled around the world used to speak of an even safer place, with clean streets and unlimited opportunities: the United States.

Lewis-Nicol knew he had to go.

Now, the 24-year-old is here, studying to receive his master’s degree in jazz performance from Millikin

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DHS Increases Visa Fees For Touring Artists : NPR

The Statue of Liberty in August 2019.

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The Statue of Liberty in August 2019.

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While it’s still unknown when musicians and touring artists will again be able to perform in venues, those based abroad and hoping to tour the U.S. will face increased costs to do so legally.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, part of the Department of Homeland Security, announced the change in the Federal Register on Thursday, just ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend. It mandates that fees to obtain O and P visas, which cover individual artists and groups, respectively, and allow them to work for a period of time in the U.S., will be increased by around 50%.

An O visa, which applies to “Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement,” will increase in price from $460 to $705, a 53% increase, while the P visa, which generally applies to groups or “culturally unique” artists, will increase from $460 to $695, a

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