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DOS Exchange Visitor Program Survey The U.S. Department of State has asked NAFSA to spread the word that it is engaged in "an effort to evaluate the Exchange Visitor Program’s (EVP) name, messaging, and visual systems (imagery and colors used in print and online communications). As part of this project, the Department "will be sending out a short survey to understand your views, and to gather ideas for the future of the Exchange Visitor Program. The survey will be open from Wednesday, January 2 – Friday, January 18, 2019." Dec 10, 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
DOS Guidance Directive 2018-01 Advises on J-1 Academic Training and Student Interns On August 10, 2018, the Department of State issued Guidance Directive 2018-01 - College and University Student Category: Avoiding Unskilled Placements in Academic Training and Student Internship Programs. The directive communicates the Department's perspective on a number of aspects of the J-1 college and university student and student intern categories, based on "the Department's category review of the College and University Student category of the Exchange Visitor Program." Oct 09, 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
NAFSA Engagement with the DOS Exchange Visitor Program Summaries of engagements with the DOS Exchange Visitor Program, prepared by the Exchange Visitor Subcommittee of NAFSA's International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ISSRP). Oct 01, 2018
NAFSA 2018 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 2018 Annual Conference session, "U.S. Department of State and Exchange Visitors: Current Issues," presented at the Conference in Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 2018.  Oct 01, 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
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
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. Mar 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
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