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USCIS Changes I-765 Filing Addresses for F-1 Students

On January 8, 2020, USCIS changed the filing addresses for F-1 student I-765 filings, including F-1 OPT (pre-completion, post-completion and STEM OPT), off-campus employment with an international organization, and off-campus employment due to severe economic necessity. The USCIS Direct Filing
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Significant USCIS Lockbox Delays in Processing of Receipt Notices

This NAFSA page tracks developments on the delays in USCIS lockbox processing of receipt notices for applications for OPT benefits. Updates June 10, 2021. A 06/10/21 USCIS news alert describes additional temporary filing flexibilities for benefits filers impacted by USCIS Lockbox delays. These
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Status of Form I-129

Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker Currently, there is a single base fee for Form I-129 and a single base form, which contains a variety of supplements used for the different petition-based categories. Update: On September 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
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DHS Proposed Rule on Definition, Collection, and Use of Biometrics

Update USCIS will withdraw this proposed rule, in a Federal Register notice to be published on May 10, 2021. Background for reference purposes In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2020, DHS proposed to change the way it defines, collects, and uses biometrics. Read
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Proposed Revisions to Permanent Labor Certification Forms

On July 20, 2020, the Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) posted a news item regarding public comment on proposed changes to the ETA 9089 permanent labor certification (PERM) form. Comments are due by September 18, 2020. Read NAFSA's comment letter (September 10, 2020)
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USCIS Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests During COVID-19

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended until September 30, 2021 the COVID-19 flexibilities it established for responses to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and other similar response-based notices and requests, and filing date requirements for filing Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or
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