Trending Regulatory Issues


Trending Regulatory IssuesNAFSA members facilitate the goals of international educational exchange while ensuring institutional and individual compliance with applicable laws and government policies. This page describes major immigration-related issues of concern to international educators. Consult NAFSA's Regulatory Information page for a more detailed listing of relevant news and resources.

SEVIS F, M, and J Fee Adjustments

Update. The final SEVIS fee rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2019, and become effective on June 24, 2019. Besides raising the I-901 SEVIS fee for most students and exchange visitors and almost doubling the initial school certification fee, ICE will also begin charging a $1,250 fee for F or M school recertification (currently there is no such fee), and charging the $ 655 site visit fee to schools that change their physical location or add a new physical location or campus.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of USCIS F, M, and J Unlawful Presence Policy

Update. On May 3, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that temporarily prevents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) August 8, 2018 policy memo that sought to change how days of unlawful presence are counted following a violation of F, M, or J nonimmigrant status.

Proposal to Replace Duration of Status

On October 17, 2018, the Administration published the Fall 2018 regulatory agenda. Among many items that continue to appear from prior agendas, this agenda adds reference to a plan to replace the duration of status (D/S) admission period with "a maximum period of authorized stay, and options for extensions, for each applicable visa category."

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