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Office of International Services

Immigration Updates

November 2008

11/25/2008 - "Changes to Visa Processing Requirements for Third Country Nationals in Mexico"

U.S. Consulates in Mexico have recently changed requirements for visa applications for Third Country (i.e., non-Mexican) Nationals (TNCs) who are not residents of Mexico.
Without advanced notice, significant restrictions on a TCN's ability to apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate in Mexico have been implemented. Read more...

April 2008

4/18/2008 - USCIS Releases New Guidance on H-1B Cap Gap. Read more...

4/4/2008 - USCIS Announces Extension of OPT to 29 months for certain STEM degree holders. Read more...

February 2008

Tax refund scam

December 2007

Effective January 1, 2008, the application fee for a U.S. non-immigrant visa will increase from $100 to $131. Applicants who paid the prior $100 application fee before January 1 will be processed only if they are scheduled and appear for a visa interview before January 31. Applicants who paid the prior $100 application fee and appear for visa interviews after January 31, 2008 must pay the difference -- $31 -- before they will be interviewed.

Read the Dept. of State announcement for more information:

December 2006

12/05/2006 - USCIS says time spent as H-4 and L-2 dependent does not count against available for H-1B status. Read more. . .

October 2006

10/30/2006 - Maximum period of program participation in the J-1 professor and research categories to become 5 years instead of 3. Read more. . .

10/04/2006 - Department of State Announces the 2008 U.S. Visa Lottery

Read more. . .


Effective 10/1/06, all applicants applying for a visa at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, or U.S. Consulates in Frankfurt and Munich will be required to submit an Electronic Visa Application Form ("EVAF"), completed on-line at Read more....

February 2006

02/09/2006 - Department of State Extends Visa Application Window

On February 9, 2006 , the U.S. Department of State announced that individuals applying for the F-1 visa may now be issued those visas up to 120 days prior to the start date of their program. However, initial F-1 students will still only be permitted to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date of their program. Read more.

October 2005

10/24/2005 - USCIS Fee Increase. The fee will increase in processing certain immigration forms beginning October 26, 2005. The forms included in this fee change are the I-129, I-539, I-485, and I-765. On average, the increase is approximately five dollars higher than the previous processing fee. Please click onto the link provided for more information from the Federal Register regarding the new fees . Read more. . .

10/05/2005 - Department of State Announces the 2007 U.S. Visa Lottery

Read more. . .

April 2005

Pilot Program for NAFTA (TN) Visa Applicants at Toronto's Pearson International Airtport. Read more...

January 2005

01/10/2005 - Department of Homeland Security Announces Temporary Relief Measure For Nationals of Countries Affected by the Asian Tsunami. Read more. . .

September 2004

09/13/2004 - Social Security Administration (SSA) Announces New Process for F-1 Students. Read more. . .

09/01/2004 - SEVIS Fee Is Implemented. Read more. . .



International Services News and Announcements

USCIS Announces Extension of OPT to 29 months for certain STEM degree holders. Read more...


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