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USCIS Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions and Transfers Suspended, May 22, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced this week that it will temporarily suspend premium processing service for H-1B renewals and H-1B transfers. To comply with USCIS policy, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is unable to request premium processing service (15-day adjudication) for H-1B renewals and H-1B transfers effective immediately through July 27, 2015. 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.