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SEVP Policy Guidance on Practical Training (Sept. 27, 2019)
Posted on 1 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Sept. 27, 2019 SEVP Policy Guidance Practical Training - Determining a Direct Relationship Between Employment and a Student's Major Area of Study Read More

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

ICE SEVP Broadcast Message: Reporting Volunteer Positions During OPT Employment
Posted on 19 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 18, 2018 - "Volunteer positions that are not directly related to your course of study do not qualify as optional practical training (OPT) and must not be listed as OPT employment. Reporting non-qualifying volunteer opportunities as OPT employment... Read More

Tags: opt , sevp , volunteer , ICE

ICE Proposes to Raise Student Visa Fees
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to individuals and organizations. DHS proposes to raise the... Read More

More Than 16,000 International Students Affected by Dept. of Education Action
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000... Read More

ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data
Posted on 31 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 30, 2016 - " F, M students up 5.5 percent compared to July 2015; Number of certified schools down 2.4 percent — There are 1.11 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying in the United States... Read More

DHS Report on International Students Studying in USA
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), released “SEVIS by the Numbers,” a quarterly report of international students studying... Read More

Tags: sevis , report , students , sevp , ICE

Excerpts From the March 15 Bender's Immigration Bulletin: I-601 Provisional Waiver Is Not in Effect, More
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

I-601 Provisional Waiver Is Not in Effect USCIS reminds the public that, while it is considering changes that would allow certain immediate relatives who can demonstrate extreme hardship to a U.S.-citizen spouse or parent to receive a provisional waiver... Read More

News Excerpts From The Dec. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Federal Judges Required to Provide Immigration Warnings During Plea Stage | Under changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that took effect December 1, federal judges are required to advise defendants of potential immigration consequences... Read More

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 21 Jan 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

SEVP Issues Report Responding to Feedback Received at NAFSA Conference | In December, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a report responding to feedback received at the 2015 NAFSA annual conference. The report addresses 15 key issues... Read More

SEVP Policy Guidance S13.1: Conditional Admission
Posted on 14 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 13, 2016 - "This guidance interprets the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status,” issuance regulation for prospective F-1 and M-1 students (8 CFR 214.3(k)) to guide SEVP adjudicators." Read More

SEVIS Broadcast Message on MAVNI (Dec. 2, 2016)
Posted on 6 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently received notice from the U.S. Department of Defense on the status of Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), from Oct... Read More

Tags: sevis , mavni , sevp

More Flaming ICE Hoops for Students, Exchange Visitors: Form I-515A
Posted on 11 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, undated - "Beginning April 1, 2016, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will send “Intent to Terminate” notices to nonimmigrant students (F-1/M-1), exchange visitors (J-1) and dependents (F-2/M-2/J-2) who failed to comply... Read More

Tags: f-1 , j-1 , m-1 , i-515a , sevp , ICE

Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

[Source: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bm1112-05-dmv-timing.pdf ] To: All SEVIS Users Date: January 17, 2012 Re: Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number Number: 1112-05 Comments To comment... Read More

SEVP Policy Guidance S7.2: Pathway Programs for Reasons of English Proficiency
Posted on 4 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Oct. 28, 2016 - "This guidance provides information for Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) adjudicators regarding pathway programs for F-1 postsecondary students who fail to meet the English proficiency requirements for admission into... Read More