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 [...]

Extending OPT beyond the initial period and When to Apply for STEM OPT

2018-05-16T14:20:06+00:00May 4, 2018|

CAP Gap Employment: The USCIS has clarified that F-1 nonimmigrant students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment authorization. An F-1 student who is the beneficiary of an H-1B petition and request for change of status that is filed on time may have his [...]

ALERT for Students w/Cap Gap Waiting on H-1B CAP Rejection or Decision

2018-03-03T14:52:37+00:00May 8, 2017|

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017 that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame [...]

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