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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
New Addresses for Some Common DOS Web Resources URL changes to several common resources on the Department of State (DOS) website. Dec 11, 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
NAFSA 2017 Conference Session Q and A: J Exchange Visitor Current Issues The Exchange Visitor Subcommittee of NAFSA's International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ISSRP) prepared a summary of the questions and responses from the 2017 Annual Conference session, "U.S. Department of State and Exchange Visitors: Current Issues," presented at the Conference in Los Angeles, CA on May 31, 2017 Oct 11, 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
DOS Review of J-1 College and University Student Category On September 29, 2017, DOS sent a broadcast message to J program stakeholders, notifying them that it has begun reviewing the College and University Student category. According to the notice, DOS plans to focus on "sponsors' implementation of student internship and academic training programs," and sponsors will be randomly selected to participate in the review. Oct 02, 2017
Discontinuance of Visa Issuance Under INA 243(d) The Trump administration has invoked INA 243(d)  against Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, 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. Sep 13, 2017
May 30, 2017 Session Q and A - SEVIS Current Issues Pre-submitted questions from NAFSA and answered by SEVP in connection with a session entitled "SEVIS Current Issues," presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 2017. Aug 17, 2017
SEVIS Resource Portal

Information page on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Jul 26, 2017
DOS Implementation Cable On Partially Restored Travel Ban DOS cable instructs consular officers on policies and practices to implement the portions of Executive Order 13780 that had been blocked by court order but were partially reinstated after the Supreme Court's June 26, 2017 opinion. Jul 18, 2017
June 1, 2017 Session Q and A - Government Agencies in the F and M International Student Process Questions pre-submitted by NAFSA and answered by USCIS, the Department of State, and SEVP, in connection with a session entitled "Government Agencies in the F and M International Student Process," presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, CA on June 1, 2017. Jun 01, 2017
Requirements to Carry Immigration Registration Document and Report Change of Address Nonimmigrants and lawful permanent residents must carry their "evidence of registration" document at all times. Usually, this is Form I-94 for nonimmigrants, or Form I-551 (green card) for lawful permanent residents. They must also report any address changes within 10 days of the address change. 
Mar 10, 2017
Comment on Proposed Revision to DS-3097 J Annual Report Form by April 10, 2017 The Department of State (DOS) has proposed a slight revision to Form DS 3097 - Annual Report J-Nonimmigrant Exchange Visitor Program. Public comments are due by April 10, 2017. Feb 24, 2017
The PATH Act and Changes to ITIN Processing Changes and possible changes resulting from the PATH Act of 2015. Dec 13, 2016
DOS Guidance Directive 2016-03 - Exchange Visitors and prudential visa revocations This DOS Guidance Directive confirms that a visa that was prudentially revoked because of a DUI arrest or conviction does not necessarily invalidate a J-1 nonimmigrant's immigration status, as long as he or she remains in the United States. However, the Directive goes on to state that sponsors should terminate the SEVIS records of J-1 participants whose visas were prudentially revoked if the participant departs the United States after the visa revocation. Sep 02, 2016
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