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.

Adviser's Manual Licenses

Member: $305 | Nonmember: $435

Access to the Adviser's Manual 360 (AM 360) is available through one-year licenses. Eligibility for the NAFSA member rate is determined by the NAFSA membership status of the individual for whom the license is purchased, at the time of purchase.

Automatic EAD Extension Period Expanded to 540 Days for Some Applicants

May 4, 2022
Effective May 4, 2022, a USCIS temporary final rule expands from 180 to 540 days the automatic extension of work authorization for certain applicants whose employment authorization document (EAD) extension applications remain pending after their prior EAD expires. F-1 student EAD applications, which were not included in the 2017 rule, continue to be ineligible for this benefit.
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DOS Extends Exchange Visitor Program COVID FAQs but Limits Telework

April 25, 2022
In an April 22, 2022 update to its "Current Program" Exchange Visitor Program COVID-19 FAQs, BridgeUSA extended its general COVID-19 accommodations through June 30, 2023, still conditioned on the requirement that "new exchange visitors can participate in programs only if their host organizations (e.g., schools or businesses) have reinstated partial to full in-person activities." A new FAQ also continues to allow telework in the College/University Student (Academic Training and Student Intern), Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, Intern, and Trainee categories, but institutes a limit "of one to two telework days per week."
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DHS Establishes TPS and SSR for Ukrainians in the U.S.

April 19, 2022
On April 19, 2022, DHS published separate Federal Register notices establishing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Special Student Relief (SSR) for qualified citizens of Ukraine who are already in the United States.
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SEVP Extends COVID-19 Guidance to 2022-2023 Academic Year

April 18, 2022
In an April 18, 2022 revision to its COVID-19 guidance, SEVP stated that it "will continue to abide by guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2022-23 academic year and did not make any changes to the March 2020 guidance. Stakeholders should continue to refer to existing resources at ICE.gov/Coronavirus for information about the original March 2020 guidance." It's COVID-19 FAQs have been updated to reflect extension of its guidance to the 2022-2023 academic year.
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April 19, 2022 OFLC Webinar on ETA-9141 Prevailing Wage Request Filing Process and Tips

April 11, 2022
On Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 1 pm Eastern Time, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will present "a webinar that provides technical assistance and helpful tips for preparing Application for Prevailing Wage Determination (Form ETA-9141) for the permanent and labor condition application programs, for both Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) and Non-OEWS (e.g., survey) prevailing wage requests. This webinar will provide employers, attorneys, and agents) helpful hints and cover some of the most pressing post-filing issues employers encounter to complete and submit the Form ETA-9141."
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Reopening Statuses of Local Social Security Offices

April 7, 2022
A Social Security Administration (SSA) page shows the reopening statuses of in-person services at local SSA offices.
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NAFSA Asks SEVP for Academic Year 2022-2023 COVID Guidance

April 6, 2022
In an April 4, 2022 letter to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), NAFSA CEO and Executive Director, Dr. Esther Brimmer, asked the agency to soon publish COVID-19 guidance for the coming 2022-2023 academic year. Noting the continued national emergency declaration, the letter states: "Schools and other institutions are in a state of transition towards greater normalcy as they balance multiple factors to adjust their curricula, polices, and procedures in this phase of the pandemic. An extension of SEVP’s COVID-19 accommodations policies for the upcoming academic year would allow the full spectrum of schools to focus on tailoring policies that make sense in the local context."
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Implementation of ESTA for VWP Entry at Land Ports of Entry

March 31, 2022
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will publish an interim final rule that will expand the ESTA pre-registration requirement to Visa Waiver Program (VWP) visitors planning to enter the United States through land ports of entry. Currently, ESTA registration is needed only for VWP entry through air and sea ports of entry.
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USCIS Adds Certain COS, EOS, and Employment Authorizaton Applications to Premium Processing Regs

March 30, 2022
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final rule adds authorization for premium processing for certain changes of status and extensions of stay (filed on Form I-539) and certain applications for employment authorization (filed on Form I-765). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) anticipates that “beginning in FY 2022” it will begin accepting I-765 premium processing applications for “students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and exchange visitors,” and I-539 applications for changes of status to “F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2.” However, premium processing for these new categories will not be available until USCIS specifically announces the availability. Implementation for other new eligibility categories is expected in FY 2025.
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USCIS Announces FY 2023 H-1B Cap Reached and Selectees Notified

March 29, 2022
On March 29, 2022, USCIS announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap was reached and that it has notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration, during the 90-day filing period beginning April 1, 2022.
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