USCIS announced a significant policy change relating to the accrual of “unlawful presence” for F, J, and M nonimmigrants. Effective August 9, 2018, any F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor who violates immigration status, may immediately begin to accrue unlawful presence that could subject them to the 3- or 10-year... More
The US Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Proclamation (Travel Ban 3.0), which currently restricts nationals from seven countries (Libya, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and certain government officials from Venezuela) from entering the US in certain nonimmigrant visa classifications. Please visit our Executive Order webpage for more... More
The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has issued guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for a small number of Chinese students beginning June 11, 2018. While most Chinese nationals began receiving a multiple-entry F-1 student visa for a maximum of five years beginning November 14, More
Are you travelling outside the U.S. over summer break? If you are planning to graduate in May or September of 2018, or if your I-20 or DS-2019 is expiring, then you may need to take steps with the ISSO before you depart the U.S. You may have difficulty returning to the U.S. in... More
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on April 25, 2018 regarding the legality of travel restriction splaced on individuals from eight countries. A final decision is expected to be announced in June.
President Trump removed Chad from the list of countries subject to Travel Ban 3.0, after a March 20, 2018 report from the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of State, concluded "that Chad has made marked improvements in its identity-management and information-sharing practices."
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) launched a new SEVP Portal to enable F-1 students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT to create an account and report limited personal and employer information directly to their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) immigration record. Read more
USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA due to a federal court order. Until further notice, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017 but no new applications will be accepted. In... More
U.S. Supreme Court announced that they will allow the latest version of travel restrictions targeting nationals from certain countries to go into effect immediately while legal challenges continue in the lower courts. The travel restrictions permit nationals from Chad, Libya, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen and certain government officials... More
Are you travelling outside the U.S. over Thanksgiving or Winter Intersession? Read below to make sure you have all the documents you need to return to the U.S. NOTE: If you are planning to graduate in January 2018 or if your I-20/DS-2019 is expiring, then you may need to take steps with... More