https://www.nafsa.org/rss-feed.xml?feed=am_news en Practice Advisory on F-1 Cap-Gap and New H-1B Cap-Subject Filing Rules https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/practice-advisory-fy-2021-f-1-cap-gap <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">A NAFSA practice advisory explores how the new H-B cap selection and filing system scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2020 interacts with F-1 cap-gap rules.</span></span></p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 a7ed0fb6-f393-403b-ad44-db302599ba0d NAFSA and ACE Comment on USCIS Proposed Fee and Form Changes https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/uscis-proposed-fee-and-form-changes-and-other-related-proposals <p><span>NAFSA and ACE submitted comment letters to USCIS on its November 14, 2019 proposed changes to filing fees.</span></p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 628d07a7-abb7-4471-b94d-04ee92be6290 Impementation of ESTA for VWP Land Entries https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/impementation-esta-vwp-entry-land-ports-entry <p>DHS/CBP is developing an interim final rule that will expand ESTA pre-registration to Visa Waiver Program entrants planning to enter the United States through land ports of entry. Once the rule is finalized and effective, these VWP travelers will provide their information to CBP electronically through ESTA prior to application for admission to the United States.</p> David Fosnocht bf32dd5c-e9bc-48f7-8683-4a619b3192a7 USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Cap-Subject Preregistration System for Upcoming FY 2021 H-1B Season https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/pre-registration-requirement-cap-subject-h-1b-petitioners <p>USCIS announced on December 6, 2019 that it will implement the preregistration process for H-1B cap-subject employers in the upcoming fiscal year 2021 season. "USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020."... "Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee."</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 d01c3011-c60a-4c48-9575-281ea8559a34 Updates on USCIS Fee Waiver Requests https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/uscis-fee-waiver-updates <p>New USCIS guidance effective December 2, 2019 applies to fee waiver requests postmarked on or after that date. On a separate but related note, the proposed USCIS fee rule published for comment on November 14, 2019 would, if finalized as proposed, limit fee waivers only to VAWA self-petitioners, T and U nonimmigrants, certain battered spouses and children, and TPS applicants, with extremely limited exceptions.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 0dfccd25-01a3-42d5-8a64-9d6906bc7bcf Colleges and Universities File Amicus Brief Defending OPT in WashTech Case https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/stem-opt-washtech-litigation <p>On November 21, 2019, 118 public and private universities and colleges filed an <em>amicus </em>brief in the <em>Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union</em><em> vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security </em>(Washtech) litigation to defend the long-standing immigration program known as Optional Practical Training and its more recent expansion, STEM OPT (collectively "OPT").</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 8200edf1-0973-4daa-afb1-6a758f853985 Administration Publishes Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/compilation-agency-initiatives-unified-agenda-regulatory-and-deregulatory <p>The Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda was published on November 20, 2019. NAFSA summarizes the immigration items most relevant to higher education.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 b602664a-8ec1-4ae4-a518-bd0eb942d8ce SEVP Launches New SETA DSO Training Modules https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/sevp-external-training-application <p><span>On November 20, 2019, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) launched its new SEVP External Training Application (SETA), initially with four courses.</span></p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 d20e4bb0-ee49-433f-bd2a-b6f2b1c893c7 Upload of STEM OPT I-983 Training Plans in SEVIS Release 6.49 https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/upload-stem-opt-form-i-983-training-plans-sevis-release-649 <p>With SEVIS Release 6.49 (November 17, 2019), DSOs have the ability to upload Form I-983 training plans in SEVIS when recommending initial STEM OPT, adding a STEM employer, and at the 12 and 24 month self-evaluation reporting periods. The functionality is not available in SEVIS batch. In a November 8, 2019 pre-release webinar, SEVP said that uploading the Form I-983 to SEVIS is "optional, but encouraged," and that "Use is date-forward; does not apply retroactively."</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 d2b7f4a7-e08e-4076-ac4d-643c45c9131a Poland Added to Visa Waiver Program List Effective November 11, 2019 https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-24328 <p>Poland has been designated into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), effective November 11, 2019. Eligible citizens of Poland may register in ESTA and enter the U.S. in WB or WT status for 90 days under the VWP on and after the effective date.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual f4bcbf61-ecdf-44dc-abe3-36daa71d944e