ICE Updates Policy for OPT Students – How to Determine if Employment is in a “Major Area of Study”

2019-10-04T15:04:28+00:00Oct 4, 2019|

On September 27, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement updated and provided policy guidance on how to determine whether a student’s practical training is in an area “directly related” to the student’s major area of study. This is in keeping with the regulations at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A) and is applicable to both CPT and OPT employment. [...]

What to Know and How to Prepare for STEM-OPT Employer Site Visits

2019-09-24T19:19:18+00:00Sep 24, 2019|

In a new development, DHS/Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has commenced site visits to employer locations that train STEM OPT students. This program began about 12 days ago, and clients have started reporting site visits to verify STEM OPT related information. Advance Notice to Employers: According to the Study in the States website maintained by DHS, [...]

USCIS Announces Final Rule Enforcing Long-Standing Public Charge Inadmissibility Law

2019-08-23T16:25:32+00:00Aug 12, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule that clearly defines long-standing law to better ensure that aliens seeking to enter and remain in the United States — either temporarily or permanently — are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations rather [...]

Certain Non-immigrants Can Now File Form I-539 Online

2019-05-23T14:26:00+00:00May 23, 2019|

You may file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status, online if you are applying as a single applicant (without co-applicants, or legal or accredited representation) to extend your stay and you hold status as a: B-1 temporary visitor for business; B-2 temporary visitor for pleasure; F-1 academic student with a specific status expiration date; [...]

New, increased fees for international students, exchange visitors, SEVP-certified schools

2019-05-23T14:11:53+00:00May 23, 2019|

DHS has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019.  Read the news release. Fee increases include: The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F and M international students will increase from $200 to $350. [...]

USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

2019-02-12T16:36:54+00:00Feb 12, 2019|

USCIS has revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on their website on March 11, 2019. Beginning March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19. They will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier. [...]

USCIS Issues Revised Final Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

2018-08-10T16:27:40+00:00Aug 10, 2018|

USCIS has published a revised final policy memorandum related to unlawful presence after considering feedback received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018. Under the revised final policy memorandum, effective Aug. 9, 2018, F and M non-immigrants who fall out of status and timely file for reinstatement of that status will [...]

USCIS Changing Policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

2018-05-16T15:16:39+00:00May 16, 2018|

USCIS has posted a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. This policy aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the [...]