Change to USCIS Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F Students and J Exchange Visitors

August 9th, 2018 in F-1 Students, J-1 Students.

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

US Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

June 26th, 2018 in Executive Order.

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

Changes to visa length for some Chinese students

June 11th, 2018 in Travel Advisory.

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

ISSO Advisory for Travel – Summer 2018

May 7th, 2018 in Travel Advisory.

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

U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on travel ban

April 25th, 2018 in Executive Order.

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.

Chad removed from travel ban

April 13th, 2018 in Executive Order.

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."

SEVP Launches New Student Portal for OPT Reporting

March 23rd, 2018 in F-1 Students, OPT reporting.

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 Temporarily Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals

January 17th, 2018 in Uncategorized.

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 Permits Travel Restrictions to Begin Effective Immediately

December 4th, 2017 in Executive Order.

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

ISSO Advisory for Travel – Winter 2017/2018

November 9th, 2017 in Travel Advisory.

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