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On January 28, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the 2016 Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulation that enables graduates of science, technology, engineering, and math degree programs to qualify for an additional two years of OPT work authorization beyond the normal one-year limitation.  The court ruled that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had the authority […]

On Friday, September 25, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would impose specific status expiration dates for Students (F), Exchange Visitors (J) and members of the foreign media (I).  These classifications are currently admitted for “duration of status (D/S),” which generally […]

With the continued spread of COVID-19 around the world and the record number of positive cases in the United States, it is difficult to understand why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reversing course and will now require in-person classes starting in August in order for F-1 international students to continue their studies at accredited institutions and […]

On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is administered by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced modifications to temporary exemptions related to the in-person instruction of international students for the upcoming fall 2020 semester. Per the ICE announcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security […]