Adviser's Manual 360

The NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 is the comprehensive source on U.S. immigration policy and procedures impacting educational institutions in the United States, providing information critical to every international student and scholar services office.

NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360

The Adviser's Manual 360 is an online, searchable knowledge base of current U.S. laws, policies, and procedures related to international student and scholar immigration and visa issues. When you purchase a one-year Adviser's Manual 360 principal license, you can access the Manual any time you need it, on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The Manual is continually updated, to help you effectively manage compliance obligations for your institution and your students and scholars.

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AM 360 Information and Guides

SEVP Terminates its COVID-19 Flexibilities on May 11

May 12, 2023
On May 12, 2023, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) communicated that it has terminated its COVID-19 guidance to coincide with the May 11, 2023 end of the COVID-19 National and Public Health Emergencies. An updated FAQ provides answers to frequently asked questions from SEVP stakeholders about the impact of the termination of COVID-19 flexibilities.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for International Travelers to the United States Ended on May 12, 2023

May 12, 2023
As of May 12, 2023, nonimmigrant travelers to the United States are no longer subject to the requirement that they be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccination before boarding an aircraft destined to the United States or before entering the United States through a land or ferry port of entry.
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DOL Implements Form ETA-9089 in FLAG

May 11, 2023
Beginning June 1, 2023 Form ETA 9089 applications for permanent labor certification must be filed through the new PERM functionality in the Department of Labor's FLAG system. Filers may begin creating and staging applications in FLAG on April 24, 2023, but must wait until June 1, 2023 to file the application. The original deadline to start using the new PERM functionality in FLAG was May 16, 2023, but on May 11, 2023 DOL delayed the deadline until June 1, 2023.
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DHS Planning Revision to STEM OPT List

May 10, 2023
On May 8, 2023, DHS submitted a STEM Designated Degree Program List item to OMB for review, which indicates they are planning a revision to the January 21, 2022 list. No further details are available at this time. Stay tuned to NAFSA's DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List page for updates.
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Digital Signing and Electronic Transmission of Form DS-2019

April 12, 2023
A Department of State (DOS) interim final rule effective April 27, 2023 will allow digital signing and electronic transmission of exchange visitor Form DS-2019. The rule will also eliminate the requirement that paper DS-2019s be signed only in blue ink.As an interim final rule, DOS will also accept public comments until May 30, 2023, even though the rule will automatically go into effect on April 27. Instructions for commenting can be found in the Federal Register notice.
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Special Student Relief for Ukrainian J-1 Students

April 4, 2023
A Federal Register notice to be published on April 5, 2023 confirms the details of Special Student Relief benefits for Ukrainian J-1 college and university students until October 23, 2023.
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New Filing Address for Courier Delivery Services to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

April 3, 2023
On March 30, 2023, USCIS announced that it "has changed the filing location for courier delivery services to the Phoenix lockbox. The facility has moved to Tempe, Arizona, and the filing location for courier delivery services for UPS, FedEx, and DHL has also changed to Tempe. The filing location remains the same when using the U.S. Postal Service...We will forward any applications, petitions, or requests received in Phoenix via courier delivery services to Tempe between March 30 and April 28. After April 28, we will not accept courier delivery at the previous address."
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Resources for Emergencies & Natural Disasters in the U.S.

April 3, 2023
A reminder that NAFSA's "Resources for Emergencies & Natural Disasters in the U.S." page has links that can help institutions and international students and scholars affected by emergencies like hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes.
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DOS Raises Visa Processing Fees Effective May 30, 2023

March 28, 2023
A Department of State (DOS) final rule raises key visa processing fees, effective May 30, 2023. For example, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee for F-1, J-1, and other non-petition-based visas rises 15.6%, and the MRV fee for petition-based categories such as H-1B and O visas rises 7.9%, but applications for a waiver of the INA 212(e) two-year home residence requirement to which many J-1 exchange visitor participants are subject will remain the same.
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CDC Terminates COVID Test for Passengers on Flights Originating in PRC

March 23, 2023
On March 10, 2023, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) terminated its order that required passengers on flights originating in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to take an acceptable COVID before their departure to the United States.
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