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2019

Status of Public Charge Revisions to USCIS Forms

October 11, 2019
On October 10, 2019, USCIS posted revised versions several forms to add questions relating to the public charge regulation that was scheduled to become effective October 15, 2019. USCIS planned to accept the current unrevised editions of these forms only if they were postmarked on or before October 14, 2019. However, on October 11, 2019, a U.S. District Court in New York issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of the DHS public charge rule. The order also enjoins DHS from “Implementing, considering in connection with any application, or requiring the use of any new or updated forms whose submission would be required under the Rule…”
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SEVP Portal Upgrades Will Limit Student Access to Six Months After OPT

October 3, 2019
SEVP Broadcast Message 1910-01 gives notice that SEVP Portal upgrades planned to begin in October 2019 will limit student access to their portal accounts to only six months after their OPT ends. SEVP recommends that students make a copy of their portal record now for future reference.
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SEVP Expands Policy on Determining Direct Relationship of Major to OPT

September 30, 2019
On September 27, 2019, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program issued policy guidance on the obligations of schools and students regarding the direct relationship between the student's major field of study and the work the student does on pre-completion OPT, standard post-completion OPT, and STEM OPT.
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Court Grants Preliminary Injunction on DHS Expansion of Expedited Removal Policy

September 30, 2019
On September 27, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks DHS from implementing the expanded expedited removal policy that DHS sought to implement in a July 23, 2019 policy notice. Until resolved, DHS must follow its prior expedited removal policy.
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OSTP Letter to Academic Institutions on Plans for Campus Meetings on Research Security and Other Topics

September 23, 2019
In a September 16, 2019 letter to academic institutions, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) said, "During the next few months, OSTP will be holding meetings at academic institutions across the Nation to converse with researchers and students on matters of research security and other topics..."
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DHS Asks for Comments on Adding Social Media Questions to Certain Forms

September 12, 2019
On September 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published two notices asking for public comment on DHS's plan to modify a number of CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) forms to ask for additional identifying information and add social media presence questions. Comments on both notices are due by November 4, 2019.
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Comment on Proposed DoEd Foreign Gift and Contract Reporting Form

September 12, 2019
The Department of Education (DoEd) recently has been reviewing school compliance with foreign gift and contract disclosure reporting requirements. On September 4, 2019 DoEd published notice of a proposed new form that would be used by schools to report gifts and contracts under 20 USC 1011f. Comments are due on or before November 5, 2019.
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LCAs to be Filed in FLAG System Starting October 1, 2019

September 5, 2019
The Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Alien Labor Certification (OFLC) announced a timeline for implementation of filing the Form ETA-9035 Labor Condition Application (LCA) in the new DOL FLAG system, and the phasing out of filing LCAs in iCert. Instructional videos will be available by September 13, 2019, and an OFLC webinar is planned for September 18, 2019. The plan is that all LCAs will have to be filed in the new FLAG system starting 12:00 noon (Eastern) on October 1, 2019.
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Institutional Sign-On to Amicus Brief Defending OPT

August 27, 2019
NAFSA and the Presidents’ Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration are working to coordinate an amicus brief for higher education institutions to join, to be filed with the Court in the WashTech litigation that is challenging the existence of OPT. The deadline to join this amicus brief is October 11, 2019. Consult NAFSA's WashTech Litigation page to find out how your institution can join the brief.
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DHS Final Public Charge Rule

August 14, 2019
DHS published its final public charge rule in the Federal Register on August 14, 2019. The final rule will become effective on October 15, 2019.
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