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Scholarships, Grants, And Foreign Students— Tax Compliance Tips For U.S. Institutions

In recent years, record numbers of foreign students have enrolled in graduate and under- graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. During the 2012-2013 academic year, their numbers topped 800,000—the seventh...more

SEVP Draft Guidance on Pathway Programs

On September 26, 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) posted draft guidance on pathway programs, seeking comment from stakeholders. It is the third in a series of related...more

Residency and “Illegal Alien Status” Are Not Mutually Exclusive for School Accommodations: A Friendly Reminder From Washington...

It is worth remembering that when determining if someone is a resident of your school district, the fact that someone may not actually be a legal resident of this nation is irrelevant. In order to underscore this fact, the...more

Cap Gap Expiration Approaching: Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2014

Fiscal year 2015 cap-subject H-1B petitions selected and approved by USCIS will be valid starting October 1, 2014. However, as October 1, 2014 approaches, many cap-subject H-1B petitions remain pending at both the California...more

DOJ and DOE Warning: School Enrollment Practices Must Not Discourage Enrollment of Immigrant Students

According to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, U.S. school districts are discouraging student enrollment based on their parents’ illegal immigrant status. The Departments issued guidance, a frequently asked...more

SEVP Draft Policy Guidance on Conditional Admission, the Form I-20, and English Proficiency

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (“SEVP”) issued draft guidance clarifying issues related to the appropriate issuance of the Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility for...more

Federal Government Bars Immigration Checks By Schools

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have recently issued new guidance – in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter to school administrators nationwide – barring public schools from conducting immigration checks on...more

New Florida Law Gives In-State Tuition to Certain Undocumented Students

On June 9, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill allowing certain Florida students without a lawful immigration status to receive in-state college tuition rates. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2014. ...more

Expect Stricter Scrutiny of Foreign Student Enrollment and Work Authorization Programs in 2014

In light of both a recent Government Accountability Office report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program as well as the newly-launched Student and Exchange Visitor Program...more

Could Einstein Get a Green Card? Proposed DHS Changes Signal New Opportunities for American Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to expand the current list of evidentiary criteria for employment-based first preference (EB-1) outstanding professors and researchers to include a “comparable...more

Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization

This advisory summarizes key travel and employment issues if you are an F-1 student with Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment eligibility and an H-1B filing on your behalf has been accepted by US Citizenship and...more

ICE Deploys Field Representatives to SEVP-Certified Schools

In April 2014, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that field representatives will be deployed to serve as direct day-to-day liaisons...more

USCIS Publishes Interim Policy Memorandum Discussing STEM Extensions

On October 21, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an interim memorandum for comment, entitled “17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students enrolled in...more

USCIS Clarifies How to Get 17-Month STEM OPT Extension

USCIS just issued a policy memo clarifying how F-1 students in OPT status can get a 17-month extension for STEM Degree programs. ...more

What International College Students Need to Know

Across the country, students are preparing for another semester of their college education. Many of these students are international students who are foreign nationals in the U.S. on a visa....more

EB-5 Funding: A Possible Financing Option for Commercial Ventures Undertaken by Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges seeking to start commercial ventures should consider raising capital through the EB-5 program. If you are a university or college and you are considering building a new student union or a stadium as...more

Traveling outside the United States for F-1 Students during Cap-Gap Extension

As you may know, F-1 students who filed H-1B petitions and were accepted as part of the lottery are eligible for cap-gap extension coverage. This allows F-1 students who have a pending or approved H-1B petition to have their...more

DHS Orders Verification of Foreign Student Visas in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tightened its screening of international students by ordering border agents to verify the visa validity of F-1 and M-1 foreign students entering the United States. The new...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Cap Reached in the First Week of Filing

On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that it had received more than the allotted 65,000 “regular” and 20,000 US master’s degree applications for H-1B status. ...more

Public Works Employment Verification Act Impacts Certain Projects Awarded by State and Local Governments in 2013

Pennsylvania's General Assembly recently enacted the Public Works Employment Verification Act (the "Act" or "Verification Act") (43 P.S. §§ 167.1 et seq.), aimed at ensuring that contractors and subcontractors on public works...more

Proposed Reform to Fuel Entrepreneurship

In a bid to reduce the loss of talent and jobs to countries like Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Coons, D-Del. and Roy Blunt,...more

New SEVIS Release will Address Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Overstays

A new version of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is scheduled to release this spring. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a faction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),...more

The Immigration Innovation Act

Just days ago, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced their support for a bill that would greatly increase the number of highly-skilled immigrants who could legally enter and reside in the U.S....more

Paths to Job Training for F-1 Visa Students

Over time, American colleges and universities have seen increasing enrollments of full-time foreign students who are pursuing an education here under the F-1 visa program. Many of these students are highly-trained and can add...more

rutland jezek on Student Visa in Czech Republic

Every year more and more students from different countries decide to study in the Czech Republic. A third country national who is not a Czech or EU national or a family member of a Czech or EU national, needs to obtain either...more

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