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USCIS RFE and NOID Policy A July 13, 2018 USCIS policy memo rescinds 2013 guidance on issuing Requests for Evidence, effective September 11, 2018. Sep 13, 2018
Notes from the September 6, 2018 CIS Ombudsman Teleconference on RFEs and NOIDs Notes from the September 6, 2018 USCIS Ombudsman teleconference on USCIS' new RFE policy. Sep 11, 2018
SEVIS F, M, and J Fee Adjustments The Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule to raise the I-901 SEVIS fee paid by F-1 and M-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, raise the initial school certification fee that SEVP charges new F and M schools, and add a new $ 1250 fee for F and M school recertification (currently there is no fee for F or M school recertification), among other changes. Sep 11, 2018
Discontinuance of Visa Issuance Under INA 243(d) The Trump administration has invoked INA 243(d) against Cambodia, Eritrea, and Sierra Leone, resulting in partial discontinuance of visa issuance at consular posts in those countries until they begin accepting their repatriated citizens to the satisfaction of the United States. Aug 28, 2018
Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants Effective August 9, 2018, USCIS made fundamental changes to its policy on how an immigration status violation might lead to a finding that an F, M, or J nonimmigrant should be subject to the 3- or 10-year reentry bar provisions of INA 212(a)(9)(B). Aug 27, 2018
DACA Resource Page: For International Student Advisers and Education Abroad Advisers

NAFSA's resource page on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), for International Student Advisers and Education Abroad Advisers.

Aug 22, 2018
USCIS Tightens Language on Employer-Employee Relationship and Third Party Placement for STEM OPT Students USCIS has revised its STEM OPT page, focusing on the employer-employee relationship "requirement" and conditions for third party placements, for STEM OPT students and employers. Aug 21, 2018
STEM OPT WashTech Litigation

The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech) filed suit against the 24-month STEM OPT rule, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, raising many of the same substantive issues WashTech had brought up in the suit they filed against the 2008 17-month STEM OPT rule. This page summarizes the progress of this litigation.

Aug 08, 2018
SEVP Broadcast Message on CLAIMS-SEVIS Data Inaccuracies On August 6, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program sent this broadcast message to SEVIS users, identifying data interface issues between USCIS' CLAIMS system and SEVIS, and commenting on the agencies' efforts to resolve those issues. Aug 06, 2018
USCIS Expands Policy on Initiating Removal Proceedings A June 28, 2018, USCIS policy memorandum expands the conditions under which USCIS will issue a Notice to Appear (NTA), the document that initiates removal (deportation) proceedings, to now include situations "where, upon issuance of an unfavorable decision on an application, petition, or benefit request, the alien is not lawfully present in the United States." Jul 31, 2018
Understanding and Responding to Recent USCIS Guidance on Unlawful Presence and Notices to Appear for Removal Proceedings A 2018 series of NAFSA presentations on the topic of recent USCIS guidance on unlawful presence for F, M, and J nonimmigrants, and Notices to Appear for removal proceedings. Jul 27, 2018
Form I-765 Edition 05/31/2018 Required Starting 09/17/2018 A new edition of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765 instructions, are available on the USCIS web site at The latest Form I-765 has an edition date of 05/31/18. Starting 09/17/18, USCIS will accept only the 05/31/18 edition. Complete and document all applications carefully, with reference to both the regulations and the form instructions. Jul 19, 2018
Advising on Immigration Status Violations Advisers should follow their school's policy on encouraging students and scholars to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer whenever issues or circumstances involve a status violation, or the possibility that DHS or DOS might determine that a status violation has occurred either recently or in the past. Jul 16, 2018
Chair, Travel Subcommittee (ISS RP)

The Travel Subcommittee is part of the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS RP) Committee. The subcommittee focuses on international student and scholar visa and travel issues and identifies topics for strategic liaison with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Visa Office and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Jul 16, 2018
Nepal Crisis: Information for International Educators

Resources collected by NAFSA that might assist international educators in helping students and scholars affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

Jun 28, 2018
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