Government Updates


The purpose of this page is to provide updates to government policies and regulations that may affect international students. 

May 18, 2018: Reporting Volunteer Positions During OPT Employment from SEVP
  • Volunteer positions must be directly related to course of study in order to be listed for OPT employment
  • Students with STEM OPT Extensions cannot report volunteer positions as employment
May 11, 2018: Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants Policy Memorandum from USCIS
  • Goes into effect on August 9, 2018
  • F, J and M nonimmigrants who fail to maintain nonimmigrant status start accruing unlawful presence.  See memorandum for more details.
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators has provided comments on the policy memorandum
  • If you have questions, please schedule an appointment with an ISS advisor.
April 2018: USCIS revised their interpretation of the employer-employee relationship for STEM OPT Extensions
  • Limited third party employers
  • Limited where students on STEM OPT Extension can work
  • Cannot use volunteer position for STEM OPT reporting
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators has provided comments on the website changes
March 23, 2018: SEVP launches the SEVP Portal February 6, 2018: USCIS revised Changing to a Nonimmigrant F or M Student Status
  • Applicants must maintain status while the application is pending
  • Applicants may have to apply for a bridge application
  • Change of status applications are taking approximately 1 year to process