Immigration Law

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Employment Authorization for Afghan F–1 Nonimmigrant Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship
Posted on 20 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 98 / Friday, May 20, 2022 "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is suspending certain regulatory requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship... Read More

Advance Copy: Employment Authorization for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of Emergent Circumstances in Hong Kong
Posted on 24 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/26/2021 "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is suspending certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students who are Hong... Read More

EADs for Certain Haitian F-1 Students
Posted on 30 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/03/2021 "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country... Read More

NAFSA Asks for SSR for Haitian F-1 Students
Posted on 26 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NAFSA, July 22, 2021 "We are writing today to request that the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) consider granting Special Student Relief (SSR)* to F-1 students from Haiti. * Regulations allow... Read More

Tags: f-1 , Haiti , nafsa

Departments of State, Education Support Intl. Education: Joint Statement
Posted on 26 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education, July 26, 2021 Reengaging the World to Make the United States Stronger at Home A Renewed U.S. Commitment to International Education "We propose the following principles to... Read More

USCIS: Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student No Longer Need to Submit Subsequent Applications to ‘Bridge the Gap’
Posted on 20 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 20, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student to apply to change or extend their nonimmigrant... Read More

Tags: f-1 , USCIS

ICE Continues March 2020 Guidance for the 2021-22 Academic Year
Posted on 26 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 26, 2021 "The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. This guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

DHS Eases Work Rules for Some Syrian, Venezuelan F-1 Students
Posted on 21 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/22/2021 - "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country... Read More

The Law Does Not Compel the Impossible– Or Does It?: Matter of C-C- and Awuku-Asare v. Garland
Posted on 23 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Mar. 22, 2021 "“ Lex non cogit ad impossibilia .” In English, as translated by the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit , that means: “The law does not compel the doing of impossibilities.” In 1948,... Read More

Tags: f-1

Immigration Bill Would Benefit International Students
Posted on 4 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 3, 2021 "The new immigration bill, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, would provide legal protections to Dreamers and make it easier for international STEM Ph.D.s to stay in the United States after... Read More

Tags: f-1 , opt , dual intent , STEM

22-State Coalition Opposes Trump Administration’s Drastic Limits on International Student Visas
Posted on 30 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Oct. 27, 2020 "Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced today they are co-leading a group of 22 state Attorneys General... Read More

American Council on Education: ICE Student Rule "Horrifying"
Posted on 7 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ted Mitchell, ACE, July 6, 2020 "On its face, the guidance released today by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is horrifying. While we would welcome more clarity about international students studying in the United States, this guidance... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

ICE: All-Online Coursework Could Trigger Deportation for Foreign Students
Posted on 6 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 6, 2020 "SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester WASHINGTON – The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

SEVP Broadcast Message: F-1 Student Cap Gap Extension and the Revised H-1B Registration Process (June 8, 2020)
Posted on 10 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, June 8, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently implemented a new registration process for employers seeking to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for a beneficiary, including those currently in F-1 status. The H-1B... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , H-1B , sevp , ICE , cap gap

Expert: F-1 Work Authorization Requests Need Specifics
Posted on 1 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kerrie Kennedy, PIE News, Mar. 31, 2020 "As coronavirus continues to steer the international education sector further into unchartered territory, a webinar has revealed educators are worried about the enduring appeal of the country as a study destination... Read More

Tags: f-1 , expert , yale-loehr