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Day 1 CPT – F1 Foreign Students Arrests in US – Univ. of Farmington

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 4 Comments

Many of you are aware of the past issues from fake universities such as Trivalley State University, University of  Northern New Jersey that impacted many hundreds of F1 students. On the same lines, earlier today ICE arrested many F1 foreign students in multiple cities, who all were attending a fake school created by federal agents called “University of Farmington”, which …

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F1 to H1B COS (Change of Status) Denied Letter(Real) by USCIS

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 26 Comments

F1 visa status to H1B Visa Change of Status(COS) is one of the most common application types filed with USCIS. Unfortunately, some of the COS are denied due to various reasons, couple of these are not maintaining proper status by exceeding the unemployment days allowed and not having training plan compliance as per regulations. Unfortunately, one of our reader got …

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USCIS News : STEM OPT Employment Permitted at Third Party Worksite. What’s the Catch ?

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 3 Comments

Earlier this year, there were some changes to the USCIS website that said STEM OPT Workers cannot work at third party worksites. There was conflicting information on USCIS website vs. ICE website on this topic and some DSOs were not issuing I20s for students with third party worksite option.  With the recent F1 Visa Unlawful Presence Memo by USCIS , students …

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F1 Visa Unlawful Presence Memo 2018 by USCIS – Summary, Impact

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 24 Comments

USCIS originally posted a draft policy memo on May 10th that changes the way they calculate unlawful presence for F, J and M Visa holders. After public comment review ended, USCIS published the final policy on August 9th, 2018 that took effect from the same day i.e. Aug 9th, 2018. This new F1 unlawful presence memo has a significant impact …

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F1 Student Experience -Journey to US – Planning, Visa Process, Arrival

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Over years, information keeps changing and current personal experiences are the best source of updated information. Smruti has gone through the F1 visa process in the recent years and below is her experience. Thanks to her for taking time to write and share her experience with our readers. It is very well written and captures all aspects of the process. …