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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Member: $305 | Nonmember: $435

Do several people in your office need access to the Manual? Principal User License holders can also purchase Additional User Licenses to assign to others. Learn more about purchasing a license for you or a fellow staff member.

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COVID-19 Critical Resources

December 31, 2020
COVID-19 news and updates are maintained on NAFSA's Coronavirus Critical Updates page. Visit that page frequently for the latest information.
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DHS Withdraws Its Appeal in Unlawful Presence Case

August 4, 2020
On July 31, 2020 DHS filed a motion to dismiss its own appeal of the lower court's decision to block enforcement of USCIS's August 2019 unlawful presence memo. However, the Spring Regulatory Agenda shows that the agency continues to work on a proposed rule.
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Court Enjoins Enforcement of Public Charge Rules and Form Responses During COVID-19

August 4, 2020
On July 29, 2020, a federal court issued nationwide preliminary injunctions that block implementation and enforcement of the current USCIS and DOS public charge rules and policies during the COVID-19 national emergency. USCIS says applications or petitions postmarked on or after July 29, 2020, should not include Form I-944 or provide information about the receipt of public benefits on Form I-485, Form I-129, or Form I-539/I-539A.
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Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers

August 3, 2020
On August 3, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order that focuses on a review of federal contracting and subcontracting practices. The order also includes a broader call to protect U.S. workers from adverse effects on wages and working conditions caused by the employment of H-1B visa holders at job sites, including third-party job sites.
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DOL Announces Data Sharing MOU with DHS

August 3, 2020
The Department of Labor announced on July 31, 2020 that it entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Homeland Security, allowing the Departments to provide access and share information about immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data contained within the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s labor certification and labor condition application databases.
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USCIS Final Fee Rule Effective October 2, 2020

August 2, 2020
USCIS's final fee rule will become effective on October 2, 2020. "Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date must be accompanied with the fees established by this final rule." The rule also makes changes to Form I-129, premium processing, and other fee processing changes.
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Preparing for CIP 2020 Conversion in SEVIS

July 28, 2020
An SEVP SEVIS Help Hub article explains how to prepare for the 2020 CIP code conversion release in SEVIS tentatively scheduled for August 28, 2020, how SEVIS will convert CIP codes in certain SEVIS student records, and how to complete the conversion for certain records.
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Proposed Revisions to Permanent Labor Certification Forms

July 27, 2020
The Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) opened a 60-day public comment period on proposed changes to the ETA 9089 permanent labor certification forms. Comments are due by September 18, 2020. View the Federal Register notice and proposed forms.
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July 14, 2020 Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization

July 20, 2020
A July 14, 2020 Executive Order communicates the "policy of the United States to suspend or eliminate different and preferential treatment for Hong Kong." Among other actions, the order calls on agencies to "take steps to terminate the Fulbright exchange program with regard to China and Hong Kong with respect to future exchanges for participants traveling both from and to China or Hong Kong" and to "eliminate the preference for Hong Kong passport holders as compared to PRC passport holders."
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USCIS Consolidates Guidance on Use of Adjudicative Discretion

July 20, 2020
In a July 15, 2020 Policy Alert, USCIS announced that it has consolidated into the USCIS Policy Manual its guidance on how adjudicators should use discretion in making their benefit determinations. The consolidated guidance supersedes other guidance on the topic.
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