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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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New threat looms over OPT for F-1 visa students as lawsuit challenges extension of work permit

The ongoing dispute over the extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for certain F-1 visa students continue to boil over with the anti-immigration group Washington Alliance of Technology Workers mounting yet another lawsuit, hoping to bring the issue into the national limelight in an election year, despite losing time and again in court.

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Did you know you may be eligible to study abroad while you are on F1 Visa

There is growing research that links studying abroad to a successful future. As an F student in the United States, you may have the option to study in other countries while enrolled at a U.S. school. This offers an opportunity for you to experience different cultures and academic subjects.
 

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Work And Travel Guidance For F-1 Students With H-1B Change Of Status Petitions

Practice Chair Susan Cohen and Of Counsel Bill Coffman have published annual guidance on travel for F-1 students who are the beneficiaries of H-1B petitions with change of status requests.

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Alert: Student Visa Airport Alert - F1 and M1 visa students!

Alert: Student Visa Airport Alert - F1 and M1 visa students!

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