This past year there have been several immigration rule changes and executive orders issued by President Trump which will impact foreign students and visiting scholars in F or J status. While we are working with students and scholars to share this information directly, updates will also be available here.
- Unlawful Presence Policy
- New Rules related to Changing your Immigration Status within the US
- Important Changes to the Request for Evidence Policy (applies to change of status, OPT, etc.)
- OPT Applications and CPT Changes
- Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants, Form DS-5535
- New 90 Day Rule (Important if you are considering changing your status after entering the US)
Changes coming soon:
- SEVIS Fee Increase: The SEVIS fee paid by both F and J students is expected to increase in early 2019. The final date has not been set yet, but we expect that the current F-1 SEVIS fee will increase from $200 to $350 and the current J-1 SEVIS fee will increase from $180 to $220.
Future Anticipated Changes:
- Maximum Period of Authorized Stay for F-1 and other Non-Immigrants: For 2019 the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suggesting they may seek a "maximum period of authorized stay, and options for extensions, for each applicable visa category." Currently non-immigrants typically enter for the "duration of status" rather than a specific period. It's too early to know if this regulatory change might move forward, so we will be watching closely. If duration of status is replaced with a maximum period of authorized stay it could possibly make extensions more difficult, increase the ways in which a student or scholar could become unlawfully present and/or may impact some work benefits.