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Apr 10, 2018

Immigration Agency Launches Online Reporting Portal for F-1 OPT and M-1 International Students

The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently launched the Online International Student Visa Portal for foreign students in the United States under the F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1 Practical Training programs.  The portal was developed to assist international students in the United States on student visas meet federal immigration information reporting requirements. » Read More

Mar 28, 2018

Inadequate and Incorrect Visa Applications, Increased State Department Scrutiny Lead to 17% Drop in Granted F-1 Student Visa Application

Last week, the American Immigration Counsel reported a sharp, one-year decline in the number of F-1 Student Visas issued to international students seeking to study in US colleges and universities.  According to the Counsel, the State Department “only issued 393,573 international student (F-1) visas last year, representing a 17 percent drop from 2016 and a near-40 percent decrease from the peak year of 2015.”  The reason: “school officials are reporting that international students are facing higher scrutiny from the State Department before being granted a visa.”  The result: “American universities [are] less diverse and financially solvent.”

Colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are already feeling the impact, as international students constitute a significant source of annual revenue.  » Read More

Oct 13, 2017

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN News.  This comes in the wake of the president’s letter to Congress on Sunday, in which he requested funding for new immigration enforcement personnel and programs. » Read More

Aug 14, 2017

With New Academic Year Approaching, Universities and Colleges Must Prepare for Possible Immigration Issues for Foreign and Students Studying Abroad

Universities and colleges across the United States must add an additional task to their preparations for the start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: the Trump Travel Ban.

As we previously reported, the travel ban remains in place for those from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Libya, unless there is a bona fide relationship with either a person or an entity in the United States. » Read More

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