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SEVP Student Portal The SEVP Portal "will allow F-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and M-1 students participating in practical training to report address, telephone and employer information to SEVP without relying upon their designated school official (DSO) to update their information." Mar 15, 2018
Special Student Relief For Syrian F-1 Students

The Department of Homeland Security published notices in the Federal Register to provide special student relief (SSR) benefits to F-1 students from Syria who are “experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of civil unrest” in that country.

Mar 15, 2018
Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change A structural approach can help in the process of considering change. Here is a suggested structure to think about. Feb 22, 2018
USCIS Policy on Filing Bridge Applications During COS to F-1 or M-1 Status USCIS clarifies that an applicant changing to F-1 or M-1 student must file "bridge" I-539 applications to make sure that the applicant's status expires no later than 30 days before the F-1 or M-1 program start date, even in circumstances where the program start date is deferred in order to prevent the SEVIS record from terminating while the COS application is pending. Feb 19, 2018
National Vetting Center On February 6, 2018, President Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM 9) to establish a National Vetting Center whose principal role will be to improve the way agencies coordinate and use biographic, biometric, and contextual information from various pre-existing sources. Feb 07, 2018
U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services On December 28, 2017, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey announced that political conditions in that country had improved so as to "allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey." Because of the prior full and partial suspension of visa services earlier in Fall 2017 (see Background, below), demand for visa appointments may result in delays in obtaining a visa appointment, however. Jan 02, 2018
Practical Training Reform ICE added an item titled "Practical Training Reform" to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda. This page will track developments on an eventual proposed and final rule. Dec 18, 2017
The 60-Day F-1 Grace Period and Adjudication or Revocation of Cap-Gap Petitions After October 1 NAFSA asks SEVP and USCIS to consider 60-day OPT grace period in H-1B cap-gap denial and revocation decisions made after October 1, 2017. Dec 11, 2017
New Addresses for Some Common DOS Web Resources URL changes to several common resources on the Department of State (DOS) website. Dec 11, 2017
Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, designating eight countries for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. Dec 11, 2017
Implementation of Enhanced Security Standards for Flights Destined to the United States

On October 26, 2017, airlines worldwide were required to satisfy new levels of security for flights destined to the United States, which will likely add time to the flight check-in and pre-flight security processes. U.S. and foreign travelers bound to the United States should contact their airline to determine if the airline has changed its recommendation on how soon before a flight passengers should arrive at the airport.

Oct 26, 2017
6 March 2017 Presidential Memorandum on Heightened Screening, Vetting, and Enforcement March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General with the subject line: Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People. 81 FR 16279. Oct 26, 2017
Reviewing Your Exchange Visitor Program Reviewing and being able to articulate and document how you manage your exchange visitor program relative to regulatory requirements is always a good idea, and doing so on a regular basis can also help you prepare for a site visit if your program is randomly selected, and improve the integrity of your program even if you're not. Oct 20, 2017
DOS Expands Presumption of Misrepresentation Rule to 90 Days Effective August 1, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) revised its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) guidance on how consular officers should make determinations of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(6)(C) based on a finding of willful misrepresentation. Under the revised FAM entry, a consular officer may presume there was a presumption of willful misrepresentation "if an alien violates or engages in conduct inconsistent with his or her nonimmigrant status within 90 days of entry." The prior rule had specified a 30-day period. Oct 05, 2017
Trending Issue: F-1 Conditional Admission and Pathway Programs

This page monitors the development of SEVP's guidance on the topic of Bridge and Pathways Programs and Conditional Admission.

Oct 04, 2017
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