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DHS Proposes Changes to Public Charge Rules On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule entitled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds. Public comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before December 10, 2018. Dec 13, 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.

Nov 08, 2018
SEVIS 6.41 to Start Counting Unemployment While on OPT in the Aggregate SEVIS Release 6.41, implemented on October 26, 2018, changes how SEVIS calculates and displays days of unemployment while a student is on standard or STEM post-completion OPT. The new counters display the aggregate count of unemployment within each OPT segment. Oct 30, 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). Oct 24, 2018
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." Oct 23, 2018
SEVP Broadcast Message 1810-03: SEVIS Release 6.41 Details The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that SEVIS Release 6.41, scheduled to be implemented on October 26, 2018, will change how SEVIS calculates days of unemployment while a student is on standard or STEM post-completion optional practical training (OPT). Oct 15, 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." Oct 04, 2018
USCIS Reminder That F-1 Cap-Gap Work Authorization Expires September 30 In a September 28, 2108 news alert, USCIS reminded F-1 students who had received "cap-gap" extensions of their OPT, that their cap-gap employment authorization ends on September 30, 2018. The USCIS reminder included a warning that working beyond that date, unless supported by some other type of work authorization, constitutes a status violation that could trigger the accrual of unlawful presence. A status violation could also trigger issuance of a Notice to Appear, that could result in removal from the United States. Oct 01, 2018
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
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
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