USCIS Operations statement
On November 21, 2016, USCIS has released the following statement. "Many USCIS customers have been contacting us with questions regarding current immigration programs and possible future immigration policies. We continue to process all applications, petitions, and requests consistence with current statutory laws, regulations and policies. USCIS cannot comment on what sort of policies the incoming Administration may choose to prioritize or pursue. We remain focused on our mission to administer U.S. immigration laws and to provide a high level of service to our customers.
We encourage the public to be extra vigilant about immigration scams. Scammers take advantage of times of uncertainty. For information on protecting yourself and your loved ones, visit uscis.gov/avoidscams. Remember, the wrong help can hurt!
To check the status of pending application, petition, or requests, go to Case Status Online. You will need a receipt number. You can also call us at 1-800-375-5283 or make an appointment at a local field office at infopass.uscis.gov."
Phone Scam Alert: Imposter calls
Please be aware that a phone scam is being reported using a technique called "Caller ID spoofing" to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in the recipient's caller ID. The scammer poses as an official from USCIS, requests personal information and immediate payment to correct an immigration record or risk deportation. USCIS will never ask for any form of payment over the phone or in an email. If you receive a call like that, hang up immediately. Please read more about the scam on the USCIS Website.
IRS changes individual taxpayer identification number (Itin) program
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently announced changes to the ITIN program that will require some individuals to renew their ITIN. The IRS will send a letter to any taxpayer with expiring ITINs. For more information about the program changes, please visit here.
USCIS application FEES ARE Increasing in December
USCIS is increasing their processing fees for many immigration applications. For example, I-765 (used for employment) is increasing from $380 to $410 and the I-539 (used for change of status) is increasing from $290 to $370. The new fees will become effective December 23, 2016. For a complete list of fee changes, please visit here.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update for Nationals of Nepal
Secretary of Homeland Security has extended TPS for eligible nationals of Nepal for an additional 18 months. For more information including information on how to re-register, visit USCIS update here.
Optional practical training
Immigration Services offers OPT training workshops every semester. Schedule.
NEW STEM OPT Program Takes Effect May 10, 2016
Department of Homeland Security published new final regulations for STEM OPT. Please review the new regulations here.
Notice to prospective F-1 students
Western Michigan University has become aware of an influx of prospective F-1 students applying to "school A" to obtain admission and immigration documents to enter the United States, who then immediately apply for transfer to "school B". Please be aware that this scenario has created significant difficulties for many prospective students. If you arrive at WMU and immediately seek to apply for transfer-out to another university, please be advised this may cause severe complications for you, including SEVIS termination or the need to leave the United States immediately. See the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, section 2.4. WMU recommends that you enter the U.S. on the immigration form I-20 and visa for the university you wish to attend. If you request immediate transfer-out upon arrival to WMU, please be advised that due to the heavy volume of reporting at the beginning of each semester it will generally require up to ten business days from the start date of the WMU semester to process SEVIS transfer-out requests. In order for a transfer-out application to be processed, you must submit a complete application with all supporting documentation at the same time to WMU Immigration Services. For the WMU Transfer-Out SEVIS Record Request form, visit the immigration forms page.
Special notice for Iranian students in energy or nuclear fields
Iranian citizens seeking to be students in the U.S. should be aware of U.S. legislation affecting certain fields of study. It is the position of the U.S. consulate to deny visas in select fields. Students should consider the following restrictions and consider this when making decisions with regard to applying for admission. Information.
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