USCIS completes H-1B Lottery
On 3/27/2020, USCIS announced that it had finished the H1-B lottery process. Companies
and lawyers may logon to the system to see the statuses of applications submitted.
USCIS allow additional time to respond
On 3/27/20, USCIS announced that they will allow applicants additional time to respond
to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOIDs). USCIS Notice.
US Department of State Suspends Visa Services
On 03/18/20, the US Department of State announced that has cancelled all immigrant
and non-immigrant visa appointments. It has not been announced when appointments
United Kingdom and Ireland added to list of restricted countries
On 03/18/20, Presidential proclamation updated to include United Kingdom and Ireland
on list of countries USCIS announced that it would move forward with the H-1B registration
for the 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition process. Registration for H-1B will be from
March 1-20. Information about the process is available through USCIS.
Expanded Entry restrictions
On 3/11/20, US announced that effective 3/13/20 11:59pm travelers who have been in
the Schengen Area (most of Europe; United Kingdom and Ireland not included) within
14 days prior to arrival in the U.S. will be barred entry. U.S. citizens, Permanent
residents, and other specificed individuals are exempt. Presidential Proclamation.
Restrictions on Entry of Travelers coming from China, Iran
On 2/2/20, US announced that travelers who have been to China within the last 14 days
prior to arrival in the U.S. will be barred entry. On 2/29/20, proclamation added
to include Iran. U.S. citizens and Permanent residents will be allowed entry but quarantined.
For additional information, please read President Proclamation
US Travel Ban for Certain Immigrant Applicants
On 1/31/2020, US announced restrictions on some immigrant visa applicants from Eritrea,
Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Myanmar, Sudan, and Tanzania. For additional information, please read Presidential Proclamation.
ISSO Statement about travel
The International Student and Scholar Office understands that international students
may be concerned about travel over the upcoming spring break period, or for a more
extended time over the summer. Many of you may plan to return to your home countries
during these break periods. The ISSO is unable to definitively advise you on PERSONAL
travel at this time. Read Full Statement
USCIS Policy Change to Unlawful presence
Effective 2/6/20, nation-wide permanent injunction prevents enforcement of unlawful
presence rule. DHS may still appeal. Original 8/9/18. USCIS begins counting unlawful
presence for those in F, J and M status. Unlawful presence will now begin from the
time that a student is terminated or grace period finishes. USCIS Notice.
Medical & Legalized Marijuana: Immigration warning for non-citizens
Beware of the potential immigration issues associated with legalized marijuana use.
For more information read information prepared by IRLC
TPS extended for certain countries
On 11/1/19, pending lawsuit challending TPS cancellation, DHS secretary extends TPS
for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan to Jan 4, 2021. USCIS information.
Denied USCIS Benefits Could Lead to NTAs
Change of Status, OPT applications and other applications that are denied by USCIS
could lead to applicants receiving an NTA (Notice to Appear) in immigration court.
SCOTUS Upholds Travel Ban
Travel Ban 3.0 now in effect for Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen
and Somalia Additional information about the ban is available at NAFSA.
Presidential Proclamation September 24, 2017 based on EO 13780
On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) stayed the preliminary
injunctions issued by U.S. District Courts in Hawaii and Maryland that had partially
blocked travel ban 3.0 for citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia
who could demonstrate they had a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in
the United States. The SCOTUS decision allows the government to fully enforce Travel
Ban 3.0 on all 8 countries within the original scope of Proclamation 9645 while appeals
are pending. It also means that for now, whether a citizen of one of the 8 countries
has a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States is no longer
relevant in determining if he or she is subject to the travel ban. (from NAFSA)
On 10/17/2017 U.S. District Court of Hawai'i issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)(PDF) barring enforcement of the travel ban on citizens from Chad, Ira, Libya, Somalia,
Syria and Yemen. North Korea and Venezuela (specific citizens) are not included in
On 10/17/2017 U.S. District Court of Maryland issued a Preliminary Injunction of the
The countries subject to the Proclamation are:
- North Korea
5 countries from the original EO are still on the list and three new countires have
been. Each country has it's own specific exemptions, exceptions and waivers. Please
read the White House FAQ, DHS Fact Sheet and Department fo State Travel Alert for
more information about each country's requirements.
Text of Proclamation
White House FAQ
Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet
FAQ About Executive Order
How does executive order affect my immigration status in the US?
This executive order does not affection the immigration status of those who have already
entered the U.S. Change to immigration and other U.S. law takes time. The ISSO will
be closely developments will let students know of upcoming changes.
Executive orders such as the one recently issued on January 27, can be signed by the
U.S. president at any time. We will let students know through our website, email,
etc. of any sudden changes. Please be sure to read emails sent by the ISSO.
Can I travel outside the US, and renew my visa?
At this time of immigration uncertainty, we recommend that noncitizen and non-permanent
resident students and others carefully consider travel outside the United States.
If you need to travel and/or renew your visa, please meet with an ISSO advisor to
any issues or questions you may have.
Can I travel outside the US, and renew my visa? What if it’s an emergency?
At this time of immigration uncertainty, we recommend that non-citizen and non-permanent
resident students and others carefully consider travel outside the U.S. If you need
to travel and/or renew your visa, please meet with an ISSO advisor to review any issues
or questions you may have.
Can I still apply for OPT and STEM OPT? Will H-1B work authorization still exist?
While there have been many rumors and some possible new proposed legislation, at this
time, nothing has changed. We encourage students and employers to apply/file on time
for immigration benefits. We will update students if there are any changes.
Where can I find support if I have immigration concerns? Support for anxiety or stress?
Visit the ISSO with any immigration concerns or questions you may have. For more
difficult questions that our advisors cannot answer, we can and will refer you to
an immigration attorney. Our advisors have all lived abroad and understand the pressure
of maintaining your legal status in another country.
Our Counseling Center is ready to assist. TU students can access resources through
the TU Counseling Center, including individual confidential counseling appointments,
groups, self-help tools, and more. TU employees and Visiting Scholars should also
contact the Counseling Center or the ISSO.
What can I do if I or someone I know is the target of, or witness to, a hate crime
or hate-motivated act? Where can I report an incident of harassment or violence?
If you have witnessed or experienced intimidation, harassment, or violence against
individuals and targeted groups you can file a Hate Crimes & Bias Incident Report Form. with the Office of Inclusion or Campus Police These crimes are taken very seriously by Towson. #NotatTU “Hate has no place on our
How can I avoid causing any problems with my ability to stay in the US?
It is important to maintain your F-1 status or other status that you currently hold
in the U.S. We strongly recommend that you not break any federal (US), state (Maryland,
Virginia, etc) or local (Baltimore City and County, etc) laws. Even being accused
may have repercussions.
Many people across the U.S. are participating in demonstrations on university campuses
and other locations. Please be aware that being arrested and/or convicted for any
crime that involves violence, drugs, or alcohol can have very serious and long-lasting
impacts on current and future immigration status. While some states now permit the
recreational or medicinal use of marijuana, it is still an illegal controlled substance
at the federal level. Moreover, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
can result in fines, jail time, visa cancellation, or deportation.
If you are arrested or have any legal concerns, please contact ISSO immediately. Do
not sign anything until you are able to speak with a lawyer. We urge you to seek
advice from a qualified immigration attorney.
Timeline of injunctions and appeals
06/26/2017 U.S. SUPREME COURT (SCOTUS) PARTIALLY GRANTS STAY TO LOWER COURT INJUNCTIONS
ON 90 DAY TRAVEL BAN WITH AN IMPORTANT EXCEPTION
SCOTUS states that those with "a credible claim of bona fide relationship with a person
or entity in the United States", are exempt from the 90-day ban:
- Students who have been admitted to a U.S. school (e.g. F-1 and J-1 students) are exempt
- Workers who accept an offer of employment from a U.S. employer (e.g. H-1B, O-1, TN
work visa holders) are exempt from ban
- Lecturers invited to address an American audience (e.g. B-1 visa) are exempt from
Department of State frequently asked questions (FAQs) on implementation of EO 13780 after SCOTUS ruling.
Department of Homeland Security frequently asked questions (FAQs) on implementation of EO 13780 after SCOTUS ruling.
05/25/2017 FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS MD CIRCUIT EO PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION.
03/30/2017 EXECUTIVE OFFICE APPEALS U.S. DISTRICT COURT OF HAWAI'I COURT ORDER
03/29/2017 U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN HAWAI'I ISSUED PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
Temporary restraining order (valid for only 14 days) now converted to preliminary
injunction which continues to block enforcement of 90 day entry bar and 120 day refugee
03/24/2017 U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN VIRGINIA UPHOLDS EO
Temporary order from Maryland and Hawaii still overrides ruling and TRO is still in
03/16/2017 U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN MARYLAND ISSUED TEMPORARY INJUNCTION
injunction affects 90-day entry bar only.
03/15/2017 U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN HAWAI'I ISSUED A NATIONWIDE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING
TRO affects 90-day entry bar and 120-day refugee entry. Other parts of EO are still
3/6/2017 EXECUTIVE ORDER 13780 ISSUED
Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet and Q & A on Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States Executive
A summary from NAFSA (Association of International Educators) of EO 13780:
The new Executive Order is effective for 90 days starting on March 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. eastern time (10 days after the Executive Order was signed). This calculates
until June 13 or 14, 2017, depending on whether you count the first and last days
of the 90-day period.
The new Executive Order affects citizens of six of the seven countries that had been selected in the prior 90-day bar. Iraq has been
removed from the list of countries in the new executive order.
An Executive Order FAQ states,
"Per the Executive Order, foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia,
and Yemen, who are outside the United States and who did not have a valid visa at
5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 27, 2017, and do not have a valid visa on
the effective date of this order are not eligible to enter the United States while
the temporary suspension remains in effect. Thus any individual who had a valid visa
either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5:00 PM) or holds a valid visa on the effective
date of the Executive Order is not barred from entry."
The new Executive Order entry bar does NOT apply to the following individuals who are citizens of one of the 6 countries:
- U.S. lawful permanent residents in possession of a valid Form I-551 (green card) or
temporary I-551 stamp
- Holders of a currently valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa that was either:
- Approved prior to 5:00 eastern standard time January 27, 2017, or
- Is valid as of March 6, 2017
- Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and the United States (such individuals are
always considered U.S. citizens)
- Dual citizens of one of the 6 countries and another country not on the list of 6,
who will enter the United States on the basis of a valid passport issued by the country
not on the list of 6
Individuals who are citizens of one of the 6 countries who do not fall within one
of the above-listed exceptions, would be subject to the new entry bar.
Information about 01/27/2017 Executive Order
03/06/2017 Executive Order Issued on 01/27/2017 will be revoked on 03/16/2017
02/27/2017 MOTION TO STAY DENIED
02/24/2017 - US GOVERNMENT MOTION TO STAY
02/09/2017 - US COURT FOR 9TH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER. CITIZENS
FROM AFFECTED COUNTRIES MAY CONTINUE TO COME TO THE U.S.
02/07/2017 - US COURT FOR 9TH CIRCUIT HEARS ARGUMENTS.
02/04/2017 - WHITE HOUSE APPEALS TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER.
02/03/2017 - BASED ON LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY STATE OF WASHINGTON (LATER JOINED BY STATE
OF MINNESOTA), SECTIONS OF EXECUTIVE ORDER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
Temporary Restraining Order issued by U.S. District Court. Those with valid visas
may enter the U.S. and refugees will also be allowed to enter. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) has been ordered to process entry for citizens from the seven affected
countries with valid visas; United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
will continue processing applications submitted to the office. The restraining order
did not cover other sections of the order pertaining to required visa interviews for
certain groups and requirements for foreign governments to provide information to
Summary of 01/27/2017 Executive Order President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order temporarily bans entry into the
United States of foreign nationals from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and
Yemen, including those with valid visas or green cards (lawful permanent residents).
Its key provisions include the following:
- Suspends, for 90 days from the date of the Order, entry into the United States of
aliens from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen while the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security develops more robust “vetting procedures” for visa issuance,
but states that the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case
basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits
to nationals of those countries.
- Suspends, for 120 days from the date of the Order, the admission of refugees to the
United States while federal agencies review the refugee application and admission
process to determine whether additional procedures are necessary to protect the security
and welfare of the United States, but states that the Secretaries of State and Homeland
Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest (including
when an individual in a religious minority faces persecution, or when admission of
certain individuals would be consistent with a preexisting international agreement
or when a person in transit would face undue hardship) admit as refugees certain individuals,
if it would not pose a risk to security and welfare of the United States.
- Suspends indefinitely the entry into the United States of aliens from Syria as refugees
until the President has “determined that sufficient changes have been made” to the
refugee application and admission process to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees
is “consistent with the national interest.”
- Limits the entry of refugees during FY 2017 to 50,000 (about half of those entering
in FY 2016)
The January 27, 2017 Executive Order has no direct impact on citizens of those countries
who are currently in the United States and do not plan to travel outside the country.
But those who do plan to leave the United States may face one of the following scenarios:
- they may not be permitted to board a plane to return to the United States;
- they may be able to return to the U.S. but may be detained temporarily when they arrive
in the U.S.; or
- they may be able to board a plane to return to the U.S. but may be detained and not
permitted entry when they arrive in the U.S.
1/29/2017 - U.S. LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS FROM 7 DESIGNATED COUNTRIES NO LONGER BARRED
Department of Homeland Security issues statement that the "entry of lawful permanent
residents [is] in the national interest"
TU President Schatzel's Message on Recent U.S. Immigration Guidance
President Schatzel's statement reaffirms Towson University's commitment to a welcoming and diverse campus community.
ISSO Statement About 1/27/2017 Executive Order
On Friday January 27, 2017, President Trump announced new restrictions on immigration
to the United States by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The Executive Order has been both confusing and disturbing and created much concern
for our students and the TU community.
Students should know that the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) is committed
to embracing and serving all members of our community, ...(Read More (PDF))
USCIS Reminder about OPT
USCIS posted a reminder about OPT automatic termination when students transfer or
begin a new educational level. USCIS Notice.
SEVP Broadcast message
On 05/18/18, SEVP sent a message to all students on OPT about Volunteering during
OPT and about the 90 day unemployment rule.
USCIS to Use Secure Mail Delivery
USCIS will be phasing in the use of USPS secure mail delivery to send Permanent Resident cards, EAD (Employment Authorization) cards and travel Documents.
Applicants will need to present photo ID to receive cards.. USCIS Notice.
Updates to STEM OPT employer requirements
USCIS is taking amore severe interpretation of STEM OPT employer-employee relationship
and third party placements. Students completing I-983 should review new requirements.
Undeliveareable Immigration documents to be destroyed
USCIS announced on 4/2/18 that all Permanent Resident cards, EAD (Employment Authorization)
cards and travel Documents returned to USCIS for being undeliverable will be destroyed
in 60 business days. USCIS notice.
Students on OPT and STEM OPT may now update some of their employment and contact information
online through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal. Towson students
on OPT and STEM OPT will receive an email with additional information. SEVP has created
a help center to assistant students. The Portal will go live on Friday March 23.
Change of Status and Bridge Applications
USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) has changed policies affecting current students who wish to change to F-1 Status. Please contact the ISSO
(isso AT_TOWSON) for more information.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) information about applying for DACA.
DHS has issued an memorandum rescinding (canceling) DACA. Please read the memorandum for more information about
those currently on DACA and those with applications pending.
Timeline and information
FROM NAFSA: ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS.
- Those currently enrolled in DACA will be able to continue working until their permits
- DHS will no longer accept new DACA applications filed on or after September 6, 2017
- DHS will continue to adjudicate on a case-by-base basis any new DACA applications
properly filed and received by USCIS on and before September 5, 2017
- Eligibility for DACA extensions:
|-Those whose DACA permits expire by March 5, 2018, may apply for two-year DACA extensions
if they apply for the extension by October 5, 2017
|-Those whose DACA permits expire on and after March 6, 2018 will not be eligible to
file DACA extension applications.
|-DHS will continue to adjudicate DACA extension applications properly filed and received
by USCIS on and before September5, 2017, even if the current DACA approval of the
applicant expires after March 5, 2018.
Bi-partisan Dream Act of 2017 introduced to Senate on July 20. 2017.
S. 1615: Dream Act of 2017 - Section by Section by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 06/15/2017 memorandum rescinds 11/20/14 memorandum that would have expanded work authorization for DACA
recipients from two to three years. Current policy of two-year Employment Authorization
Document (EAD) is still in effect.
BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act- bipartisan bill introduced
to the Senate. Proposed Act would prevent the removal of DACA recipients and continue
employment authorization. Still pending. AILA layperson description of BRIDGE.
USCIS Renew your DACA information
DHS FAQs about Rescission of DACA
Letter from Attorney General Sessions to DHS Acting Secretary
President Schatzel's Statement on DACA
Letter from USM Chancellor Caret to MD Congressional Delegation regarding Support
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) FAQs
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) website includes detailed information about the history, criteria and government updates about
Enrollment, Residency and Financial Aid Information
Social Media Information Possibly Now Part of Immigration Record
Department of Homeland Security has updated the list of information that can appear in an immigrant and nonimmigrant's immigration file. Public has
until 10/18/2017 to comment on this change.
Tax Scam Targeting International Students Alert
Internal Revenue Service tax fraud continue this year. Scammers identify themselves
as IRS agents and may have some of your personal information. The caller ID may
look like the IRS. Please read IRS fraud notice.
Guidance on Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law
The Maryland Attorney General's Office has provided the following guidance regarding
state and local law enforcement officers' interactions with federal immigration authorities.
Press Release (PDF)
Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law: Legal Guidance for Maryland State and
Local Law Enforcement Officials (PDF)
Immigration Scam Alert
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a immigration fraud alert (PDF). Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have
altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS Office of Inspector
General (OIG) hotline (1-800-323-8603).
Last Updated 07/08/2020
Inactive or Suspended
Online classes and immigration
On 03/12/20, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) allows F-1 students to
study online from inside or outside U.S. SEVP confirmed that students will maintain
SEVIS Fee Increase
SEVIS Fee will increase to $350 for J-1 students and $220 for J-1 exchange visitors
on June 24. Study in the States announcement.
DHS Announces New Rule for H-1B Process
DHS has posted new rule instituting a reverse selection order for those with master's degree or higher from U.S. This
new ruling will affect Fiscal Year 2020 filing. April 1 & later filing date with October
1st or later starting date. USCIS Notice
New H1-B Registration Process starts 3/1/20
On 12/4/19, USCIS announced that it would move forward with the H-1B registration
for the 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition process. Registration for H-1B will be from
March 1-20. Information about the process is available through USCIS.
Online classes and immigration
On 03/9/20, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) provided guidance to universities
about moving classes online. F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to do only online coursework
during the period that Towson University will be having online teaching. If and when
we return to in-person classes, F-1 and J-1 students will need to return to campus
to complete in-person classes.
Re-Registeration period open for Syria TPS
OPT/STEM OPT processing
OPT processing taking longer than before.
USCIS Processing times - Form I-765 --> Potomac Service Center
Inside Higher Education - Foreign Students Face Delays in Work Authorizations
New York Times - Visa Delays at Backlogged Immigration Service Strand International Students
TPS extended for some countries
Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador TPS still in effect injunction to end still
in effect. On 3/1/19 DHS auto-extended these countries TPS EAD cards to Jan 2, 2020.
TPS ending for certain countries
- Honduras set to end Jan 5 2020. Lawsuit to extend status pending.
- Nepal set to end Jun 24 2019. 03/24/2020. Lawsuit to extend status pending.
- Somalia set to end Mar 17 2020.
- South Sudan set to end May 2 2019.
- Syria set to end Sep 30 2019.
- Yemen set to end Mar 3 2020.
Nepal TPS EAD card authorization extended
On 5/10/19,USCIS issued a notice extending the validity ofTPS EAD cards for recipients from Nepal to 03/24/2020. New cards will not issued. This notice will remain in
place pending the resolution of current TPS lawsuits, DHS has extended validity period
for Nepal EAD card to 03/24/2020. USCIS Notice.
USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing
USCIS now accepting premium processing requests for fiscal year 2019 H-1B applications
(October 2018-September 2019).
Cancellation of TPS for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua on Hold
US District Court of Northern California halts DHS from terminating TPS. USCIS Notice
Nepal TPS still set to expire in June 2019.
NEW Form I-765
After 9/18/18 USCIS will only accept I-765 form with edition date of 5/18/2018. Applications with old versions will be rejected.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
DHS has terminated TPS designation for Honduras. End date will be 01/05/2020. Current Honduran TPS holders should prepare to adjust to a new immigration status or prepare documents to return home. Full DHS notice.
DHS has terminated TPS designation for Nepal. End date will be 06/24/2019. Current Nepali TPS holders should prepare to adjust to a new immigration status, if eligible return to previous status
(e.g. F-1) or prepare documents to return home. Full DHS notice.
SSR for F-1 Syrians extended
Special Student Relief for F-1 students from Syria has been extended to September
30, 2019. DHS announcement
NEW Form I-765
USCIS will only accept I-765 form with edition date of 7/17/2017. Applications with
old versions will be rejected.
DHS has terminated TPS designation for Haiti. End date will be 7/22/2019. Current Haitian TPS holders should prepare to adjust to a new immigration status or prepare documents to return home. Full DHS notice.
11/6/2017 TPS FOR NICARAGUA TERMINATED
DHS Delayed Effective date TPS will end officially on 1/5/2019. Current Nicaraguan TPS holders should prepare to adjust to a new immigration status or prepare documents to return home. Full DHS notice.
9/18/17 TPS FOR SUDAN TO TERMINATE 11/2018
9/18/17 TPS FOR SOUTH SUDAN EXTENDED TO 5/2/19
05/24/2017 TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) FOR HAITIANS EXTENDED TO 01/22/2018
DHS has extended TPS for a limited six month period. DHS Secretary will review by
end of 2017. Current Haitian TPS holders must re-register by July 24 and prepare to
adjust to a new immigration status or prepare documents to return to Haiti. Full DHS notice. Register as soon as possible.
05/21/2017 TPS FOR GUINEA, LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE TERMINATED.
Full DHS Notice.
update 1/2/19 Partial Government Shutdown
Visa processing not affected. USCIS services are operating as usual. E-verify system
is not available.
12/27/2016 NEPAL TPS AND SPECIAL STUDENT RELIEF EXTENDED
DHS announced on October 26, 2016 that TPS for Nepal has been extended for 18 months.
On December 27, 2016, Special Student Relief was also extended til June 2018. For
more information about registering please visit the USCIS website.
New USCIS Fees and Forms
USCIS implemented new fees for many services. Also published were updated forms. Services that increased include
Optional Practical Training authorization (Form I-765) and Reinstatement and Change
of Status (Form I-539). Please make sure to submit the correct fee and the most up
to date form.
3/22/18 USCIS Temporarily suspends premium processing Premium processing suspended
until 9/10/18. USCIS notice.
New STEM OPT Extension Rules Went Into Effect May 10 2016
Students on OPT who graduated with a degree in the STEM field are now eligible for
24 month STEM OPT extension. Apply for STEM.