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Welcome to the Immigration section of our webpage. This front page will reflect our most current information on immigration law affecting educational institutions.


Immigration Issues and VAWA

Under VAWA, IHEs should be mindful of immigration status/visa issues when providing guidance to victims of VAWA crimes. There are two visa statuses, U and T, which might be helpful to nonimmigrant victims of certain crimes. SUNY has put together an amazing and customizable resource (available in multiple languages) for students and employees. Credit for this wonderful resource goes to the following: Joe Storch and Andrea Staff of SUNY Office of General Counsel,Robin Catmur, Director of Immigration Services at the University of Georgia, Brendan Venter, Law Clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of N.Y., David Fosnocht, Director of Immigration Practice Resources at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and Michael Pfahl, Associate Counsel at Kent State University. Technical development of the resource was provided by SUNY's Office of General Counsel interns Shannon Crane and Hyun Soo Albert Jong,  web designers Taras Kufel and Jeffrey Rosen and Melinda Grier of NACUA who helped pull the team together. See the step by step instructions for customing the web page for your University.


Adjustments to Limitations on Designated School Official Assignment and Study by F-2 and M-2 Nonimmigrants, 80 Fed. Reg. 23680, April 29, 2015. This rule eliminates DSO limits and allows part time F-2 and M-2 Study effective May 29, 2015. See NAFSA write up comparing the old and new rules.

 Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses, Final Rule, 80 Fed. Reg. 10284, Feb. 25, 2015

Final rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. Effective May 26th, 2015.