SEVP

Effective May 29, 2015, new Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulations will allow dependents of F-1 or M-1 visa holders on F-2 or M-2 status to enroll in studies at universities or vocational schools. Until now, dependents of F-1 or M-1 visa holders were unable to enroll in studies at such academic institutions unless th...

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension Proposed Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just released its proposed rule for extending optional practical training for international students working in the U.S. The proposed rule will give international students who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects two extra years to stay and work in the U...

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USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT Aug24

USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT

The United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the in order to provide important clarifications. Specifically, students and employers will be required to report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity using modified Form I-983. Employers will be required to report the STEM...

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USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence Aug24

USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence

On August 9, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a related to unlawful presence. Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants with F (student) and M (vocational student) visas who fall out of status and file in a timely manner for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence sus...

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USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30 Oct11

USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30

foreign nationals who currently have F-1 status with a pending H-1B petition on October 1, 2018 are at risk of accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after October 1 because their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through September 30. What is the Under current USCIS regulations, a...

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USCIS Will Implement Revised Edition of Form I-539 Feb19

USCIS Will Implement Revised Edition of Form I-539

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will implement a revised edition of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status beginning on March 11, 2019. The revised Form I-539 will require the following: Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 mu...

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USCIS Temporarily Blocked from Enforcing New Unlawful Presence Rules May10

USCIS Temporarily Blocked from Enforcing New Unlawful Presence Rules

In August 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a that altered agency policy regarding the calculation of unlawful presence for F, J, and M nonimmigrants and their dependents. A federal district court judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents USCIS from implementing t...

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