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.

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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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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Government Connection Event: Court Case Threatens OPT: What You Can Do

August 12, 2019
The court case Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. Department of Homeland Security seeks to discontinue the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, particularly post completion OPT and STEM OPT. A decision in the case against OPT could also put other forms of F-1 employment authorization at risk. Join us on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 3:00-4:00 eastern, for a discussion of the case, an explanation of how the higher education community and NAFSA are working to defend OPT, and how you and your institution can join the effort. The event is free of charge, but you must register to join. If you can't make it, it will be recorded and made available to NAFSA members.
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DOS Guidance Directive 2019-03 - College and University Student Category: Screening and Monitoring

August 5, 2019
On August 5, 2019, the Department of State (DOS) issued Guidance Directive 2019-03 to "remind sponsors of, and clarify, certain regulatory requirements in order to assist sponsors with the administration of exchange programs in the College and University Student category." The guidance stems from DOS's review of the J-1 exchange visitor College and University Student category.
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DHS Expands Expedited Removal Policy

July 26, 2019
Under a new policy effective July 23, 2019, DHS began applying its expedited removal deportation authority to the full extent allowed by statute, i.e., now individuals who entered without inspection and are encountered by DHS anywhere inside the United States can be subject to expedited removal if they cannot show continuous presence in the United States for at least two years. Prior policy in place since 2004 had limited expedited removal in the interior only to undocumented individuals who were within 100 miles of a U.S. land border and in the United States for less than 14 days.
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IssueNet Quarterly Summary - July 2019

July 24, 2019
Read a summary of top issues reported to NAFSA IssueNet from March 2019 to June 2019. Issues reported include H-1B adjudication delays; H-1B RFEs and denials; EAD card issues; administrative processing causing visa delays; and SEVP Portal issues.
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New URL for AM 360 News Feed

July 24, 2019
Subscribe to the Adviser's Manual 360 RSS news feed - or copy and paste the AM news feed URL to your RSS feed aggregator or email program: Please note: This is a new URL for the AM news feed, effective July 18, 2019. If you subscribed to the AM news feed before that date, please replace the prior URL with the new URL, to continue your access to the feed.
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