Important Announcements


Announcements 2024

February 14

Frequently Asked Questions on the USCIS Fee Rule

February 1

USCIS Premium Processing Fee Hike Effective February 26, 2024

January 30

USCIS announced a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees

January 29

DHS Extends Syria Special Student Relief until September 30, 2025


Announcements 2023

December 22 DOS Announces Revised Visa Interview Waiver Policy
October 31 DOS Extends SSR for J-1 Students from Ukraine
October 11 SEVP Reactivates 180-Day Requested Status Job on OPT and OCE Applications
September 22 CIS Ombudsman Corrects Tip Sheet on How F-1 Students Seeking OPT Can Avoid Form I-765 Delays
September 19 SEVP Policy on Form I-983 Training Plan Electronic Signatures and Transmission
September 7 DHS Extends SSR and TPS for Sudan, South Sudan, and Ukraine
August 24 F-1 Cap-Gap Employment Ends September 30 if COS to H-1B Still Pending
August 15 CIS Ombud Message on Timing of F-1 EAD Production After I-765 Adjudication
July 12 DHS Updates STEM Designated Degree Program List with Eight New Fields
June 10 EVP Guidance Directive 2023-01 Ends COVID-19 Flexibilities But Introduces New Interpretations on Hybrid or Virtual Work and Learning
June 6 E-Verify Records Disposal Scheduled for June 24, 2023
May 12 SEVP Terminates its COVID-19 Flexibilities on May 11
May 12 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for International Travelers to the United States Ended on May 12, 2023
April 4 Special Student Relief for Ukrainian J-1 Students
April 3 New Filing Address for Courier Delivery Services to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox
April 3 Resources for Emergencies & Natural Disasters in the U.S.
March 23 CDC Terminates COVID Test for Passengers on Flights Originating in PRC
February 28 SEVP Continues to Assess Its COVID-19 Guidance
January 24 USCIS Extends COVID-19 RFE Response Flexibility until March 23, 2023.
January 5 CDC Requires COVID Test for Passengers on Flights Originating in PRC


Announcements 2022

December 23 DOS Extends Visa Interview Waiver Policy For Certain Nonimmigrants Until December 31, 2023.
October 21 DOS Update on Worldwide Visa Operations
October 11 DHS Extends Form I-9 Flexibilities until July 31, 2023
April 19 Special Student Relief For F-1 Students: Essential Concepts
April 18 SEVP COVID-19 Guidance for Academic Year 2022-2023
April 8 COVID Vaccine and Test Requirements for U.S. Entry
January 21 Expansion of STEM OPT Program and Other Initiatives to Attract STEM Talent


Announcements 2021

December 30 USCIS Extends COVID-19 RFE Response Flexibility until March 26, 2022
November 8 DHS Announces Fee Exemptions, Streamlined Processing for Afghan Nationals.
October 27 COVID Vaccine and Test Requirements for U.S. Entry
August 3 Special Student Relief for F-1 Students  
April 22 Employment Authorization for Eligible Venezuelan F-1 Students
April 12 F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online
April 8 DOS Announces Blanket National Interest Exceptions for Immigrant Visas
March 18 COVID-19 Restrictions on U.S. Visas and Entry
February 26 Significant USCIS Lockbox Delays in Processing of Receipt Notices


Announcements 2020

September 30

USCIS Response to Preliminary Injunction of Fee Rule

September 24

DHS Proposed Rule to Replace Duration of Status

July 29

USCIS Filing Fee Increase Starting October 2, 2020

July 24

Broadcast Message: Follow-up: ICE continues March Guidance for Fall School Term

July 6

Broadcast Message 2007-01 - COVID-19 and Fall 2020

February 3

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China will be closed February 3-7

January 27

Final Rules on Public Charge Determinations


Announcements 2019

June 19

USCIS Updates Fee Payment System Used in Field Offices

May 23

SEVIS F, M, and J Fee Adjustments - Effective as of June 24, 2019

April 2

Update: I-94 Numbers Will Be Alphanumeric Starting May 2019

March 8

New Version of Form I-539 and I-539A

March 5

Protecting Against Immigration Fraud Schemes Targeting Foreign Nationals

January 28

STEM OPT, E-Verify, and the Government Shutdown


Announcements 2018

December 4

NAFSA Regulatory Updates - Trending Topics

October 24

USCIS Simplifies Access to Online Data

August 27

Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

July 20


July 16

Form I-765 Edition 05/31/2018 Required Starting 09/17/2018

March 23

New portal allows international students to send updates to SEVIS

March 5

Temporary Protected Status Update for TPS Students

January 2

US Resumes Visa Processing in Turkey

January 2

H Non-Immigrant Category Reform


Announcements 2017

August 30

Additional Step for Employment Based Permanent Resident Applicants

August 3

Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School

June 29

United States: Travel Ban Expected to Take Effect on Thursday, June 29

June 13

Ninth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Entry Ban Alert

Mar 16

Executive Order litigation and the March 16, 2017 effective date

Mar 6

USCIS Cancel H1B Premium Processing

Jan 28

Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order