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A SEVIS Reminder from USCIS
Posted on 20 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 18, 2020 USCIS Reminds F-1 Aliens in Post-Completion OPT and Their DSOs to Enter Employer Information in SEVIS "As exceeding unemployment limits can result in a loss of status, we are reminding F-1 aliens participating in post-completion... Read More

International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need To Know (July 26, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Penn State Law, July 26, 2020 "On July 15, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an FAQ. The July 15 FAQ comes on the heels of a resolution reached by ICE and Harvard/MIT in connection with a lawsuit filed challenging... Read More

ICE FAQ on Student Visas (July 24, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 24, 2020 "This document provides answers clarifying questions for the fall 2020 term based on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) March 9, 2020, Spring Guidance Broadcast. Stakeholders should refer to ICE.gov/Coronavirus... Read More

ICE: No New Student Visas for 100% Online Study
Posted on 25 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 24, 2020 "Nonimmigrant students and schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) should abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020 . The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning... Read More

Tags: sevis , COVID-19 , sevp , ICE

Updated SEVIS FAQ (July 15, 2020)
Posted on 15 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19 Last Updated: July 15, 2020 "This document provides answers to frequently asked questions from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) stakeholders about the impact of the Coronavirus... Read More

Tags: sevis , students , COVID-19 , sevp , ICE

Experts: ICE International Student Rule Sparks Fear, Confusion
Posted on 9 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2020 " Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued in federal court Wednesday to try to block a new Trump administration policy that would prohibit international students in... Read More

Harvard vs. DHS
Posted on 8 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE; and MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT; CHAD F. WOLF, in his official capacity as Acting Secretary of... Read More

Harvard, MIT Push Back Against ICE
Posted on 8 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Dan Levin, NYT, July 8, 2020 "A directive by the Trump administration that would strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online prompted widespread confusion... 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

SEVP on Fall 2020 Semester
Posted on 8 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SEVP, June 4, 2020 " ... SEVP has not issued guidance to international students and schools for the fall semester. We understand international students and schools have questions, and SEVP is actively working to issue guidance. In the meantime... Read More

Tags: sevis , COVID-19 , sevp

SEVIS FAQ Update, May 14, 2020
Posted on 15 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 14, 2020 "Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19 This document provides answers to frequently asked questions from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) stakeholders about the impact of the Coronavirus... Read More

Tags: sevis , sevp , ICE

Mar. 26, 2020 SEVIS Broadcast Message
Posted on 26 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Mar. 26, 2020 New Electronic Form I-20 Issuance Guidance on ICE.gov/COVID19 Read More

Tags: sevis , COVID-19 , sevp , ICE

Mar. 24, 2020 SEVIS Broadcast Message
Posted on 26 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Mar. 24, 2020 COVID-19 News and Updates: ICE.gov/COVID19 is the Central Location for SEVP Guidance and Stakeholder FAQs Read More

Tags: sevis , COVID-19 , ICE