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​Immigration Agency Launches Online Reporting Portal for F-1 OPT and M-1 International Students

The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently launched the Online International Student Visa Portal for foreign students in the United States under the F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1 Practical Training programs.

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For students on F1 visa hunting for jobs, Trump's America is 'closing the door'

Abhijit Tagade’s Facebook profile picture tells you nothing about the F1 visa anxiety levels in Trump’s America 2018.

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F-1 visa 24-month OPT extension lawsuit dismissed

​There’s good news for STEM F-1 visa students who have availed or were planning to avail of the extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, apart from the regulation 12 months of the work-training they receive through the program: a lawsuit to revoke the extension has been dismissed in federal court.

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Bangladeshi student detained at New York airport

​A Bangladeshi man has been detained at John F Kennedy airport in US by the Department of Homeland Security after as he landed on student visa at the airport on Tuesday, human rights lawyers said.

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F1 VISA Students in Trouble - ACICS Accreditation

On Dec. 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency.

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Reminder: Proof of Financial Support Needed to Issue Form I-20

Prospective F-1 or M-1 students must provide proof that they have the financial resources to live and study in the United States. Prospective students should provide this information to their Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school when requested.

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F-1 Students: Cap Gap Extension Ends Sept. 30

The cap gap extension automatically extends F-1 status and, if applicable, post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization for eligible F-1 students who have pending or approved H-1 B temporary employment status applications.

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Community Voices: Five Answers from a DSO for New F-1 Students

Community Voices is a Study in the States guest blog series where we invite members of the international student community to share their insights with our audience. If you have interest in contributing to our blog, send us an email at SEVPCommunications@ice.dhs.gov. 

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ICE announces extension of employment authorization eligibility for certain Syrian students

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will publish a notice in the Federal Register Friday that extends employment authorization eligibility for certain F-1 Syrian students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Syria since March 2011.

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