Tag Archives: F-1

60-Day Grace Period for F-1 International Students

Our attorneys in Los Angeles deal with a range of different immigration services. As a reminder, F-1 students are allowed a 60-day grace period after completion of a course of study, or other authorized period of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), to allow them to prepare to depart the United States, apply for a transfer […]

Guidance on Issuance of Form I-20s and DOMA Effect for Same-Sex Couples

The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs has advised consulates that their officials may issue derivative F visas based on same-sex marriage if the marriage is recognized in the place of celebration. That is, if the country where the couple married recognizes same-sex marriage as legal, then the U.S. Government will recognize the union […]

Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. In addition, many international students go […]

Filing Deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Applications

USCIS Service Centers have been taking a more restrictive approach to filing deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications, which is resulting in unexpected denials. There are several deadlines to consider in handling an OPT application: Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(11)(i)(B)(2) “For post-completion OPT, the student must properly file his or her Form […]

USCIS Discusses New e-Filing System “ELIS” for Immigrant Students

Credit: GettyImages What is USCIS ELIS? USCIS ELIS is a user-friendly system created to streamline the application process for immigration benefits. It allows immigration benefit seekers and their legal representatives to create an account and file benefit requests online. USCIS ELIS provides more accurate and secure customer service. It also allows USCIS to process cases […]

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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

DHS also extends the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students. WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months. Secretary Napolitano is also extending the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students. The extension of TPS for Haiti will begin […]

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Distance Learning / Online Course Policy for F-1 International Student

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DISTANCE LEARNING / ON-LINE COURSE POLICY The Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 students to maintain a full course of study and that the course of study must lead to the attainment of a specific educational or professional objective. A full course of study is defined as: 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 8 […]

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Expanded Authority in Visa Revocation at Consulates

Newly Altered Rule Granting US Consular Officers New Discretion and Authority to Revoke Already Approved Nonimmigrant Temporary Visas The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published and posted at all US Embassies and Consulates abroad, a final rule giving U.S. Consular Officers increased power to revoke previously-approved Nonimmigrant (temporary) Visa foils (known as “stamps”). The […]