Unlawful Presence Rules Revised For F, J And M Nonimmigrants

USCIS has published a revised final policy memorandum superseding a previous memorandum for calculating unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, and their dependents. Under the revised final memorandum: Accrual of unlawful presence will be suspended for foreign nationals on F and M visa classification who timely file […]

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New Unlawful Presence Rules For F, J And M Nonimmigrants

USCIS has issued a new policy memorandum for calculating unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, and their dependents. Under the new policy that will go into effect on August 9, 2018, F, J, and M nonimmigrants who failed to maintain their status before August 9, 2018, will […]

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M-1 And OPT Students Portal Launched

On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) launched the SEVP Portal for F-1 students participating in post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and M-1 students participating in practical training. Overview The SEVP Portal is a salient tool which allows F-1 students on post-completion OPT and M-1 visa participating in practical training meet […]

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ACICS Accreditation Impact On Stem OPT Extensions

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced on December 12, 2016 that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision of the ED affects foreign students under F and M status pursuing a program of study at ACICS-accredited schools. 18 Month Grace Period If […]

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