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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

SEVP Webinar on STEM OPT 24-Month Extension Final Rule

2018-03-04T01:00:55+00:00Mar 22, 2016|

On 3/11/16, DHS published a final rule on the OPT program for students in STEM fields. The new STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training and replaces the 17-month STEM OPT extension, and takes effect on 5/10/16. SEVP will host a live webinar on April 14, 2016 from 2 to 3 p.m. [...]

SEVP Unveils Online STEM OPT Hub and Resources on DHS Final Rule

2018-03-04T01:06:01+00:00Mar 14, 2016|

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released a STEM OPT hub page on the Study in the States website, to help school officials, students, and employers understand the new DHS final rule on OPT for F-1 students. The website includes a transition plan and training plan, as well as FAQs. Form I-983, Training [...]

SEVP Message for International Students Enrolled at Micropower Institutes and Affiliated Schools

2018-03-07T14:42:27+00:00Aug 7, 2014|

On May 29, 2014, SEVP removed all Principal Designated School Officials and Designated School Officials (P/DSOs) from the following schools:     Micropower Career Institute in New York, New York     Micropower Computer Institute in Linden, New Jersey     The Institute for Health Education in Jersey City, New Jersey and     International School of Health, Beauty [...]

ICE: SEVP – Update for University of Northern Virginia Students

2018-03-07T14:46:25+00:00Dec 3, 2013|

If you were previously in ACTIVE F-1 nonimmigrant status at University of Northern Virginia, school code WAS214F01186000, please be aware that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has withdrawn the school's approval for attendance of nonimmigrant students as of October 1, 2013. If you failed to transfer or depart the United States by November [...]

SEVIS Accepts Virginia University Application for SEVP Program

2018-03-07T14:47:46+00:00Jun 1, 2012|

ICE press release announcing that the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has accepted the University of Northern Virginia's application for new Designated School Officials. Nonimmigrant students who require action may now contact the school directly with requests.

ICE Guidance on Procedure When School Loses SEVP Certification

2018-03-07T15:03:49+00:00Dec 7, 2011|

What to do if your school is no longer SEVP certified If you attend an SEVP certified school that has been automatically withdrawn from SEVIS certification as a result of SEVP’s ongoing recertification process please: Don’t panic! Contact your designated school official about options Finish the current semester term at your school If your designated [...]

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