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Impact of ACICS Loss of Accreditation on STEM OPT Extensions
April 24, 2017
The announcement of U.S. Department of Education that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency affects foreign students under F and M status pursuing a program of study at ACICS-accredited schools, including those desirous of securing a 24-month STEM OPT extension. Foreign students enrolled at ACICS-accredited schools should contact their designated school officials (DSOs) immediately to understand how the school’s loss of recognized accreditation will affect their nonimmigrant status and applications for immigration benefits.
Change in I539 filing procedures for students
October 26, 2006
Beginning October 30, 2006, local USCIS offices will forward any new filings for Form I539, for F1 and M1 student reinstatement, to the California Service Center or the Vermont Service Center, depending on where the student is engaged in academic or vocational study.
DHS travel tips for arriving Students & Exchange Visitors
January 05, 2005
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued important reminders to assist the estimated 200,000 foreign students and exchange visitors expected to arrive in the United States for the spring semester.
SEVIS fee payment now possible in your local currency
November 19, 2004
Paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee in local currency is now possible, thanks to a new program announced this month by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Western Union.
DOS releases list of 20042005 U.S. Fulbright Grantees
October 16, 2004
The U.S. Department of State has released the official list of U.S. Fulbright student grantees for the 20042005 academic year. This year, under the nation’s premier exchange program, 1,099 American students have been awarded Fulbright grants to study and conduct research in more than 110 countries throughout the world.
DOS invites public comments on J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application
October 12, 2004
The Department of State has published a notice inviting comments from the public concerning the proposed collection of information in DS3035, J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, preceding submission to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.
New requirements for SSN for Students
September 14, 2004
F1 students applying for Social Security Number will be required to provide evidence that he or she has been authorized by the school to work and has secured employment or a promise of employment.
DOS releases Designated J1 visa organizations
September 03, 2004
The Department of State has released a list of organizations/institutions designated to administer J1 exchange visitor programs as of April 2004. The list provides the contact information by exchange visitor program category.
SEVIS fee payment begins today
September 01, 2004
Beginning today, Students, scholars and exchange visitors from abroad whose schools or programs are approved in SEVIS will be required to pay the appropriate fee – in most cases, $100 prior to obtaining their visas.
SEVIS ramps up for Fall semester; 220,000 students expected
August 28, 2004
(CBP) Commissioner (DHS) today marked the start of the second year of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a nationwide registration program for international visitors, with a welcoming event today at Dulles International Airport for some of the 220,000 foreign students and exchange visitors expected to arrive in the United States this fall.

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