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Exchange Visitors and Exchange Visitor Programs

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Fees, Forms, Filing Procedures

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Institutional Obligations and Compliance

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International Faculty, Staff, Researchers

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International Students and Schools

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U.S. Immigration Systems, Data, Status, and Concepts

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Visas, Travel, Entry

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The Congressional Review Act

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can review and overturn certain regulations promulgated by an executive agency, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of State, etc. Congress can use the CRA only to invalidate an agency final rule in
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OFLC Stakeholder Engagements

Links to summaries and key takeaways from public stakeholder meetings conducted by the Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), prepared by the NAFSA ISSRP EB subcommittee.
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DOS Limits Use of B Visas for Birth Tourism

A Department of State (DOS) final rule prohibits consular officers from issuing B visas if they determine the applicant's principal purpose is what the administration calls "birth tourism." See 85 FR 4219 (January 24, 2020), effective on the date of publication. DOS published this as a direct final
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Practice Advisory on FY 2021 F-1 Cap-Gap

For the upcoming Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B cap season, employers wanting to file a cap-subject H-1B petition must first submit registrations during a March 1 to March 20, 2020 registration period, naming each individual they hope to file for. USCIS will then conduct a lottery of all registrations
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Impementation of ESTA for VWP Entry at Land Ports of Entry

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is developing an interim final rule that will expand the ESTA pre-registration requirement to Visa Waiver Program (VWP) visitors planning to enter the United States through land ports of entry. Currently, ESTA pre-registration is needed only for VWP entry
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New Guidance on Post-9/11 Veterans Benefits for Education Abroad

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced new guidance for the accepted uses of student veteran benefits for study abroad with an effective implementation date of August 1, 2020. Mark your calendar: Our upcoming Collegial Conversation on January 30
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USCIS Fee Waiver Updates

Update: On December 11, 2019, in the case City of Seattle et al. v. DHS et al., the U.S. District Court for the Norther District of California San Francisco Division issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks implementation of the USCIS fee waiver policy guidance described below. An
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USCIS Proposed Fee and Form Changes and Other Related Proposals

On November 14, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed changing application and petition filing fees and making other forms processing changes. Public comments were due by December 30, 2019. These are proposed changes only, and must be finalized by USCIS after reviewing
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