en SEVP Announces New Unit to Oversee Practical Training Compliance <p>In a January 13, 2021 Broadcast Message, SEVP announced the creation of a new <em>OPT Employment Compliance Unit</em> "that will be dedicated full-time to compliance matters involving wage, hours, and compensation within OPT, the OPT extension, and Curricular Practical Training (CPT). This unit will publish a public-facing report at least annually on its findings, which will include detailed information on duties, hours, and compensation of OPT workers in a standard formatting that will allow for comparisons against DOL data...This unit will also be responsible for recommending investigations of employers and students, as needed, to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to ensure that the OPT programs operate in a lawful manner at U.S. worksites."</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 6b61e309-4553-45d4-8b9d-5c529148b8af Updates on USCIS Lockbox Processing Delays <p>Updates from USCIS on delays in receiving receipt notices for benefit applications filed at USCIS lockboxes, particularly for F-1 students filing Forms I-765.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 55ae6faf-c64f-4dce-aaa5-71606148a342 USCIS Changes I-765 Filing Addresses for F-1 Students <p>USCIS has apparently without notice changed the filing addresses for F-1 I-765 filings. NAFSA has asked USCIS and the CIS Ombudsman's Office for an explanation, particularly about how applications filed at the old address will be handled.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 1ffae5b5-5aa4-45b2-8efc-e0361e61fcad DHS to Modify H-1B Cap-Subject Registration Counting to Favor High Wages <p><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">On January 8, 2021, DHS will publish a final rule that will modify the cap-subject selection process "by generally first selecting registrations based on the highest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) prevailing wage level that the proffered wage equals or exceeds for the relevant Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and area(s) of intended employment." Currently, cap-subject registrations received during the registration period are counted in a random selection process. The rule is set to become effective 60 days following publication. </span></span></p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 e9a6af8d-a919-48e2-83b5-18d13d8df03e SEVP Broadcast Message 2101-01: Enforcement of the Post-Completion OPT and Employer Information Requirement in SEVIS <p>SEVP's January 4, 2021 Broadcast Message 2101-01 state that, "Institutions are certified with the understanding that they will maintain a relationship with their students throughout the educational experience, to include any OPT, to ensure that SEVIS records are properly maintained and updated."</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 e588d3d3-a1fc-4143-975c-0197576eb336 Sudan Removed from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism <p>Sudan was removed from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on December 14, 2020. In addition to clearing the way for political and financial normalization, the rescission of Sudan's State Sponsors of Terrorism designation means that its citizens will once again be eligible for certain immigration benefits like automatic revalidation of visas after travel to contiguous territory.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 a4fbf562-56a2-4226-b9a4-2b38e86919c2 Fall 2020 Regulatory Agenda <p>NAFSA has updated its compilation of immigration-related items in the Fall 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which appears to have been published at some point in December, 2020.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 463ac914-f796-4d2a-b4d0-82bff6f297af Court Orders DHS to Fully Restore DACA Program <p>On December 4, 2020, a U.S. District Court ruling ordered DHS to restore the full DACA program including "accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under DACA, renewal requests, and advance parole requests, based on the terms of the DACA program prior to September 5, 2017."</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 abaca2d4-39bb-4810-9860-b5685ea14efd NAFSA Cosigns Letter Asking For Extension of Comment Period on H-1B Lottery Proposal <p>Read the multi-stakeholder comment letter submitted by the Compete America Coalition and co-signed by NAFSA and other organizations. "Compete America joined 127 other multi-sector organizations in sending a letter to DHS expressing concerns with the unusually short 30-day comment period for the H-1B lottery prioritization NPRM issued on November 2, 2020."</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 aba0de74-6129-4ab1-906e-349527c00ec5 Court Invalidates October 8, 2020 DHS and DOL Interim Final Rules <p>On December 1, 2020, a U.S. District Court set aside Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security interim final rules that impacts the H-1B specialty occupation category. The court found that the agencies did not have just cause to promulgate the October 8, 2020 rules without notice and comment.</p> NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 161886ba-7e44-4a2f-a82a-53a2c4646f12