USCIS Policy Changes Impact International Student Employees

In August, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ) published a memorandum outlining changes in policy specific to, Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrants in Academic Student (F), Exchange Visitor (J), and Vocational Student (M) Status. It is very important that supervisors and managers of international student employees be made aware of these updates to ensure that these students do not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. Failure to comply with this limitation of work hours could potentially result in the student being barred from re-entry to the U.S. for as long as 10 years. Please review the official USCIS notice and share this update with all those who may manage international student employees. (Note that the 20-hour per week limitation does not apply to J-1s in non-student categories – e.g., Research Scholars, Professors, etc.)


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