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 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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Latest OES Wage Data Effective July 1, 2019

July 23, 2019
On July 1, 2019, the DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) uploaded the newest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey (OES) as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the year from July 2019 - June 2020. The effective date is July 1, 2019. OES wage data in the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Online Wage Library and prevailing wage determinations issued from the National Prevailing Wage Center will reflect the new data.
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Government Connection: Department of State Office of Private Sector Exchange Discusses Results of Exchange Visitor Survey

July 23, 2019
The Department of State (DOS) Office of Private Sector Exchange recently conducted a survey of exchange visitors in the College and University Student category as part of the College and University Student category review. Join DOS representatives for a discussion of the results in a NAFSA Government Connection online event on August 1, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (eastern). Participation is free, but you must pre-register.
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Court Allows WashTech to Argue Against DHS Authority for Both STEM and Standard OPT

July 2, 2019
In a July 1, 2019 decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that DHS's 2016 STEM OPT rulemaking also had the legal effect of reopening the legacy INS 12-month post-completion OPT regulation that had been finalized in 1992. This means that the Court no longer considers a challenge to DHS's statutory authority to implement standard post-completion OPT to be outside the statute of limitations, and that the WashTech plaintiffs can challenge DHS's underlying statutory authority to establish not only STEM OPT but standard post-completion OPT as well. In its decision, the Court did not determine that DHS does not have such authority, but rather that it will consider the parties' arguments for and against that authority. NAFSA is engaged on the issue with other higher education and industry groups.
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Key Takeaways from the May 16, 2019 DOL OFLC Stakeholder Meeting

June 27, 2019
Topics discussed included the new FLAG system, PWD processing times, ACWIA occupational codes in O*NET, documentation to support an employer-provided wage survey, supervised recruitment in special handling cases, and PERM sponsorship notification email delays.
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