Adviser's Manual 360

The NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 is the comprehensive source on U.S. immigration policy and procedures impacting educational institutions in the United States, providing information critical to every international student and scholar services office.

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NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360

The Adviser's Manual 360 is an online, searchable knowledge base of current U.S. laws, policies, and procedures related to international student and scholar immigration and visa issues. When you purchase a one-year Adviser's Manual 360 principal license, you can access the Manual any time you need it, on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The Manual is continually updated, to help you effectively manage compliance obligations for your institution and your students and scholars.

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AM 360 Information and Guides

USCIS Proposes Form I-539 and Instructions Extension and Revisions

January 30, 2023
On January 30, 2023, USCIS posted a Federal Register notice to revise and extend the authorization for Form I-539 and Form I-539 A, and Form I-539 and Form I-539A instructions. Public comments are due by March 31, 2023. Many of the changes are stylistic revisions to language and format, but USCIS also proposes revising the Form I-539 instructions to implement 2021 USCIS COS to F-1 bridge application guidance.
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Haiti Special Student Relief Extended, Hong Kong SSR Slated for Extension

January 26, 2023
A September 26, 2023 Federal Register notice extends F-1 Special Student Relief (SSR) for eligible Haitian students, and a memo from President Biden instructs DHS to take steps to extend SSR for eligible Hong Kong citizens.
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USCIS Bundling Adjudication of H-4 and L-2 Dependents' Forms I-539 and I-765 Concurrently Filed with Principal's I-129

January 26, 2023
For a two-year period, USCIS will once again "bundle the adjudication of the Form I-539 and Form I-765, where applicable, for H-4 and L-2 derivatives with the underlying Form I-129 when these forms are properly filed together regardless of whether they are filed under standard or premium processing." USCIS will not bundle adjudication if the family's Forms I-539 and I-765 are not concurrently filed with the principal's Form I-129.
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USCIS Announces Schedule for Expanding Premium Processing to F-1 OPT and COS to F and J

January 13, 2023
In a January 12, 2023 notice, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a timeline for its plan to expand the fee-based premium processing program to F-1 optional practical training (OPT) applications and applications for change of status (COS) to F student and J exchange visitor status. USCIS must update its "How do I request premium processing" page before filers can begin requesting premium processing for those categories.
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DHS Ends Uganda Ebola Protocol on January 11, 2023

January 11, 2023
In a Federal Register notice to be published on January 17, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces the January 11, 2023 termination of the protocol that since October 10, 2022 had restricted the landing of flights carrying persons who were recently present in Uganda.
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NAFSA Comments on DHS Final Rule on Removal of Obsolete Procedures Related to F, M, and J Nonimmigrants

January 11, 2023
On January 11, 2023, NAFSA submitted a comment letter in response to Docket No. ICEB-2021-0016, Removal of Obsolete Procedures and Requirements Related to F, J, and M Nonimmigrants, an interim final rule published on December 12, 2022.
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NAFSA Letter Urges DOS to Allow Afghan Women More Opportunity for U.S. Study

January 6, 2023
In a December 22, 2022 letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Esther Brimmer, urged the Secretary and the Department of State "to act on your promise to Afghan women and girls by providing guidance to consular officers to recognize that Afghan women and men remain eligible for F foreign student status even if they are displaced."
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DHS Publishes Proposed USCIS Fee Rule

January 4, 2023
DHS published a proposed USCIS fee rule on January 4, 2023. There will be a 60-day public comment period ending March 6, 2023. Find a link to the proposed rule and a NAFSA summary on NAFSA's Rulemaking on USCIS Fees page.
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ICE Extends Yemen SSR Availability Until September 3, 2024

January 3, 2023
In a January 3, 2023 Federal Register notice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) extended Special Student Relief (SSR) availability from March 4, 2023 until September 3, 2024, for F-1 students from Yemen.
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Latest Form I-129 Required Starting February 27, 2023

December 30, 2022
The current version of Form I-129 is dated 11/02/22. The USCIS Form I-129 page states: "Edition Date: 11/02/22. Starting Feb. 27, 2023, we will only accept the 11/02/22 edition. Until then, you can also use the 05/31/22 and 03/10/21 editions. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions."
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