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DOS reminds Posts of Student & Exchange Visitor Processing policies
August 24, 2004
The US Department of State has sent a Cable reminding the Diplomatic and Consular Posts of several important visa processing policies relating to Students and Exchange Visitors to ensure that applications for these categories of visas are handled in the most expeditious way. The Cable reminds that F, M or J visa holders will not be admitted to the US until a date thirty days or less prior to the beginning of their program date, or start date, as given on Form I20 (for F or M visas) or DS2019 (for J visas).
DHS Announces OneYear SEVIS Milestone
August 05, 2004
The DHS announced the oneyear anniversary of the requirement for all international student and exchange visitors to register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
USCIS Announces Extension Of Stay For Some Foreign Students
July 29, 2004
Certain academic foreign students can remain in U.S. until H1B petitions are decided. The extension of the grace period allows affected foreign students to remain in country and avoid the inconvenience of returning home only to travel back to the United States in the near future Foreign students qualify for the extended grace period only if their prospective employer has timely filed an H1B petition on the studentís behalf before July 30, 2004 with requested employment start date of October 1, 2004.

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