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H-1B Processing Slowdown with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), January 21, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is backlogged in processing all H-1B petitions. It is taking approximately 8 months for the USCIS to approve an H-1B petition. Details can be found here.

U.S. District Court Ruling on OPT STEM, August 12, 2015

On Wednesday, August 12, a US District Court issued a decision affecting the work authorization of F-1 students extending their Optional Practical Training (OPT) beyond 12 months based on a STEM degree. Details can be found here.

New Policy for Shortening J-1 Programs - April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Guidance Directive notifying institutions of new procedures for J-1 exchange visitors who complete their programs early. Details can be found here.

ISD Launch for H-1B Requests - April 6, 2015

The ISSO is pleased to announce that the online visa request system- International Scholar Dossier (ISD) – will go live with processing H-1B requests April 6, 2015. Additional information can be found here.

Regulatory Changes for J-Exchange Visitors, November 20, 2014

In October, the United States Department of State published a substantial change to J-regulations with the intention of better protecting program participants.  A summary of the changes that directly affect J-1 and J-2 holders and their hosts can be found here.