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CIS Ombudsman 2020 Annual Report To Congress

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. Download the CIS Ombudsman 2020 Annual Report to Congress (June 30, 2020) The 2020 Report includes the following "Key Developments
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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 FY 2021 F-1 Cap-Gap

Summary. For the Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B cap season, employers wanting to file a cap-subject H-1B petition had to first submit registrations during a March 1 to March 20, 2020 registration period, naming and paying a $10 registration fee for each individual they hope to file for. USCIS then conducted
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Upload of STEM OPT Form I-983 Training Plans in SEVIS Release 6.49

Beginning with SEVIS Release 6.49 (scheduled release date November 17, 2019), DSOs will be able 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. View SEVP's: SEVIS Release 6.49
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