Immigration Law

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ICE to Hike Fees for Foreign Students, Exchange Visitors, Schools
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take... Read More

Exchange Visitor Visa Programs Criticized in OIG Report
Posted on 20 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"State Department programs that bring foreign exchange students to the United States to work or attend school require urgent attention because students are being put at risk for abuse, according to a report from the federal Inspector General’s... Read More

State Dept. to review J-1 Summer Work Travel visa program
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered an "extensive and thorough review" of a foreign exchange program that has been used by U.S. businesses as a source of cheap labor and exploited by criminals to import women to... Read More

State Department Revises Foreign Student Job Program After Abuse Complaints
Posted on 5 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The State Department, responding to a wave of complaints from foreign students about abuses under a summer cultural exchange program, issued new rules on Friday significantly revising the types of jobs the students can do, prohibiting them... Read More

Exchange Visitor Program - Fees and Charges - Proposed Rule
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is proposing to revise regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J–1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment: Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel
Posted on 10 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule with request for comment on April 26, 2011) (2011 IFR) to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In this... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Fees and Charges
Posted on 14 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is revising regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J–1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing Exchange... Read More

DOS Proposed Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Teachers
Posted on 2 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department is amending existing regulations governing the teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed amendments clarify the duration of program participation; amend eligibility requirements with respect to verifying English... Read More

DOS Proposed Rule: Summer Work Travel - Exchange Visitor Program
Posted on 12 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of State (Department) proposes to amend existing regulations to provide new program requirements for the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel
Posted on 4 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule with request for comment on April 26, 2011 (see 76 Fed. Reg. 23177)(2011 IFR) to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Proposed Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Teachers
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department is amending existing regulations governing the teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed amendments clarify the duration of program participation; amend eligibility requirements with respect to verifying English... Read More

Exchange Visitor Program: DOS Final Rule with Request for Comments
Posted on 5 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With this rulemaking, the Department of State is amending the general rules covering the Exchange Visitor Program that govern the designation of sponsors and the overall administration of the Program. This final rule encompasses technical changes... Read More

DOS Notice: Cap on Current Participant Levels and Moratorium on New Sponsor Applications for Summer Work Travel Program
Posted on 5 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Effective January 1, 2012, the Department is restricting the size of the Exchange Visitor Program (J–1visa) category of Summer Work Travel to 2011 actual participant levels. The Department is also announcing, effective immediately, a moratorium... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Fees and Charges
Posted on 13 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is revising regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J-1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing Exchange... Read More

DOS Interim Final Rule with Request for Comment: Exchange Visitor Program – Summer Work Travel
Posted on 11 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State (Department) published an initial interim final rule with request for comment on April 26, 2011) (2011 IFR) to amend the regulatory requirements of the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In this... Read More