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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.



80 Fed. Reg. 63376, Proposed Rule, October 19, 2015, Improving and Expanding Training
Opportunities for F–1 Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F–1 Students

The proposed rule would allow F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of OPT in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months. This 24-month extension would replace the 17-month STEM OPT extension currently available to certain STEM students.See NAFSA Focus on STEM OPT.

Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth, U.S. Dept. of Education, October 20, 2015

Provides information to assist educational institutions in supporting undocumented students at the secondary and postsecondary education levels.

10-20-15 update letter on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals-Reiterating that federal law does not prohibit admission of undocumented students-although they remain ineligible for federal financial aid. Includes a Fact Sheet from Financial Aid Office with questions about FAFSA.

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.