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CIS Ombudsman Annual Report To Congress

8 USC 272(c), added by Section 452(c) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, requires the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman to make an annual report to Congress. The CIS Ombudsman's Annual Report to Congress page states: "By statute, the Office of the Citizenship and
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ICE OPT Enforcement Actions

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday preliminary results from Operation OPTical Illusion, a law enforcement operation targeting nonimmigrant students who fraudulently used the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to remain in the United States... The operation
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Online Coursework Taken Abroad Under School COVID-19 Policies

On the night of March 12, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) provided NAFSA with the following statement: “SEVP is committed to remaining flexible in allowing schools to make temporary procedural adaptations so nonimmigrant students can continue to make normal forward progress in
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Practice Advisory on F-1 Cap-Gap Benefits

Caution! For FY 2023 F-1 cap-gap purposes, the Form I-129 petition requesting change of status and an employment start date of October 1, 2022 must still be received by USCIS before the student's OPT expires (for cap-gap extension of employment benefits) or before the expiration of the student's
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