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Embassy of India in DC Warns Students of DHS Fake University Visa Stings
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Embassy of India, Washington, DC, Apr. 10, 2019 - Advisory for Indian Students "In recent years, instances of '"fake" Universities set up by the US law enforcement agencies have come to light. According to the US law enforcement,... Read More

To Leave Or Not To Leave: The Devastating Impact of USCIS’s Unlawful Presence Policy on Foreign Students - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 28, 2019 "The new USCIS Policy on Unlawful Presence for F, J and M Nonimmigrants took effect on August 9, 2018. This policy has had the effect of rendering nonimmigrants in F, J and M status, mainly students, unlawfully present... Read More

USCIS Denying Change Of Status For F-1 Students With Over 12 Months Of Curricular Practical Training
Posted on 24 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann Pestaina, Oct. 23, 2018 - "An F-1 student who has received more than 12 months of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may be found by United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), to have violated F-1 status and thus ineligible... Read More

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr on Potential Student Visa Rule
Posted on 18 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, IHE, Oct. 18, 2018 - "The Trump administration published notice on Wednesday that it intends to propose a new rule in fall 2019 establishing a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other holders of certain... Read More

USCIS is Suffocating the H-1B Program: F-1 Cap Gap Students in Limbo - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina
Posted on 2 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Oct. 1, 2018 - "It is October 1, 2018 and this morning, in what is an extremely unfortunate yet totally preventable situation, businesses across the U.S. were forced to temporarily terminate the employment of F-1 students who... Read More

Advance Copy of Extension of Relief for Certain F-1 Nepalis
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 06/28/2018 - "This notice informs the public of the extension of suspension of certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is the... Read More

Tags: f-1 , ead , Nepal

Beware The Gap: USCIS’s Policy Changes Cause Headaches and Confusion for F-1 Change of Status Applicants
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michelle S. Velasco, Apr. 17, 2018 - "There’s never any good news coming from USCIS these days. The agency’s treatment of applicants changing status to F-1 is another prime example of a confusing policy change that has no basis in law... Read More

Extension of Employment Authorization for Certain Syrian F-1 Students
Posted on 16 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 51 / Thursday, March 15, 2018 - "This notice informs the public of the extension of an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Syria... Read More

New U.S. Rule Extends Stay for Some Foreign Graduates
Posted on 9 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Liz Robbins, New York Times, Mar. 9, 2016 - "The federal government will publish the rule on Friday, saying that international students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in the United States will now be eligible... Read More

Tags: f-1 , opt , final rule , STEM

Advance Copy of DHS Proposed STEM OPT Expansion, Improvement
Posted on 16 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/19/2015 - Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students ICE Media Release, Oct... Read More

Tags: f-1 , proposed rule , opt , DHS , STEM

Extension of TPS for Syria, EADs for Certain F-1 Students
Posted on 3 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Extension and Redesignation of the Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of... Read More

Extension of Relief for Certain Syrian F-1 Students
Posted on 9 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 175 / Friday, September 9, 2016 - "This notice informs the public of the extension of and addition to an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship... Read More

Tags: f-1 , Syria , students

ICE Notice: Extension of Employment Authorization for Syrian F–1 Nonimmigrant Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of Civil Unrest in Syria Since March 2011
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This notice informs the public of the extension of an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Syria and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result... Read More

Advance Copy of ICE Notice: Extension of EADs for Certain Haitian F-1 Students
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This notice informs the public of the extension of an earlier notice, which suspended certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Haiti and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of... Read More

Tags: f-1 , Haiti , haitian , notice , ICE , EADs

DHS Proposed F-1 Rule: Cap-Gap Relief and STEM OPT Improvements
Posted on 18 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 201 / Monday, October 19, 2015 Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F–1 Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F–1 Students "The Department of Homeland... Read More

Tags: f-1 , proposed rule , opt , DHS , STEM , cap gap