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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Access to the Manual is available through one-year licenses. Need a license just for yourself? You can buy a Principal User License. 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. The price of a Principal or Additional User license is the same.

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March 8, 2021
On March 1, 2021, BridgeUSA (the Department of State Exchange Visitor Program) updated its COVID-19 FAQs. The revision replaces the prior set of FAQs that had been updated over time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. NAFSA has transcribed both the prior and current FAQs.
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NAFSA Signs on to Coalition Letter Urging USCIS to Implement USCIS Stabilization Act Provisions to Expand Premium Processing

March 5, 2021
On March 1, 2021, NAFSA joined AILA and 15 other organizations on a letter to USCIS urging the agency to implement the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act provisions that authorize USCIS to expand premium processing to additional form types, including Form I-539 and Form I-765. The letter provides recommendations on how USCIS can implement these provisions "to ensure the agency remains solvent while efficiently and effectively adjudicating all immigration benefit applications and petitions."
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DOS Reissues Schengen/UK/Ireland NIE Guidance

March 4, 2021
The March 2, 2021 version of the DOS National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland page retains the same wording of prior versions to continue the "blanket" national interest exception (NIE) determination for F-1 and M-1 students traveling from those countries. The policy also continues to require "academics, J-1 students, and journalists" to individually apply for an NIE exception.
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Biden Administration Immigration Portal

March 1, 2021
This NAFSA page contains links to significant immigration-related changes and initiatives especially relevant to higher education, instituted by the new administration of President Joe Biden.
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USCIS Provides Some Relief for OPT Applicants Caught Up in USCIS Lockbox Processing Delays

February 26, 2021
As a result of advocacy by organizations like NAFSA, court litigation, and the many requests for assistance individuals made to USCIS and the CIS Ombudsman, on February 26, 2021 USCIS emailed an announcement to stakeholders setting forth the steps it will take to remedy the ill effects of the recent delays in processing at USCIS lockboxes.
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Biden Revokes Trump Proclamation That Had Suspended Entry of Immigrants

February 25, 2021
President Biden's Proclamation of February 24, 2021: A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014 revoked former President Trump's Proclamation 10014 and the proclamations that extended it, effective February 24, 2021. Proclamation 10014 had suspended and limited entry into the United States of many classes of immigrants until March 31, 2021.
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USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners

February 24, 2021
Starting February 24, 2021, petitioners filing Form I-129 requesting a change or extension of status to E-3 classification will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition. The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation.
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U.S. Citizenship Act Introduced in House

February 19, 2021
On February 18, 2021, Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced in the House HR 1177, a bill "To provide an earned path to citizenship, to address the root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and to reform the immigrant visa system, and for other purposes." The short title of the bill is the U.S. Citizenship Act.
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Updates on the FY 2022 H-1B Cap Filing Season

February 12, 2021
USCIS announced that the initial registration period for the FY 2022 H-1B cap will be from noon (ET) March 9, 2021 to noon (ET) March 25, 2021.
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DHS Delays Effective Date of H-1B Cap Selection Final Rule

February 5, 2021
DHS is delaying the effective date of its January 7, 2021 H-1B Cap Selection final rule to December 31, 2021. That rule originally had an effective date of March 9, 2021. This means that for the upcoming FY 2022 H-1B cap season, USCIS will apply the current regulations (random selection) to any H-1B cap registration period that takes place before December 31, 2021. On February 5, 2021, USCIS announced that the initial registration period for the FY 2022 H-1B cap will be from 12:00 p.m. (ET) March 9, 2021 through 12:00 p.m. (ET) March 25, 2021.
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