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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
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
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
DOS Proposes Adding Social Media, Other Questions to DS-160 Visa Application On March 30, 2018 the Department of State (DOS) proposed adding several additional questions to Form DS-160 (nonimmigrant) and Form DS-260 (immigrant) visa applications, including questions on the applicant's social media identifiers, telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel. NAFSA and 55 other organizations joined in a May 24, 2018 comment letter. May 24, 2018
Privacy Act Notices on SEVIS Forms You might be surprised by the "Privacy Act" notices you see when you log in to SEVIS. However, the notice is the same (or similar) notice that appears at the bottom of most government forms. These notices are required by the Privacy Act, which, among other things, requires government agencies to get periodic approval for their "information collection notices," which are commonly called "forms," and to publish "System of Records Notices" (SORNs) that list the type of information they collect and store in  the systems they control, and how that information might be used or shared. Apr 30, 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
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
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
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