Tag Archives: International Student

Study in the States! Information for International Students

Have you ever dreamed of studying abroad in the United States? The Department of Homeland Security  launched the Study in the States SEVIS blog initiative to serve as an innovative information hub for the international student community in order to gain more information on how to apply to study in the U.S. and becoming an F-1 […]

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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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 […]