ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2022 Tue, 06 Dec 2022 18:57:21 -0500 Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500 ICE issues notice of proposed rulemaking, seeks public comment on employment eligibility verification options https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-issues-notice-proposed-rulemaking-seeks-public-comment-employment-eligibility ICE is proposing creating a framework under which the Secretary of Homeland Security could authorize alternative options for document examination procedures associated with the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The notice of proposed rulemaking is seeking input from the public regarding making permanent some of the current COVID-19 pandemic-related flexibilities to examine employees’ identity and employment authorization documents for the Form I-9. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-issues-notice-proposed-rulemaking-seeks-public-comment-employment-eligibility Fri, 08/19/2022 - 14:26 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE releases 2021 SEVP annual report https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-releases-2021-sevp-annual-report This report highlights calendar year 2021 data from SEVIS, a web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors, and dependents while they are in the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-releases-2021-sevp-annual-report Wed, 04/06/2022 - 14:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE announces extension to I-9 compliance flexibility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-i-9-compliance-flexibility-3 This extension will continue to apply the guidance previously issued for employees hired on or after April 1, 2021, and work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-i-9-compliance-flexibility-3 Wed, 12/15/2021 - 17:14 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE report on international students in US details impact of COVID https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-report-international-students-us-details-impact-covid The report highlights calendar year 2020 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-report-international-students-us-details-impact-covid Fri, 03/19/2021 - 11:57 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 2 Los Angeles-area men indicted in visa fraud scheme that used surrogate test-takers and ‘guaranteed’ foreign student admission into colleges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-men-indicted-visa-fraud-scheme-used-surrogate-test-takers-and Yi Chen, aka “Brian Chen,” 33, of Monrovia, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges in a 21-count grand jury indictment that alleges conspiracy, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-men-indicted-visa-fraud-scheme-used-surrogate-test-takers-and Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:25 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE arrests 15 nonimmigrant students for OPT-related fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-15-nonimmigrant-students-opt-related-fraud The agency will continue to vet students who gained new employment through OPT for compliance with their nonimmigrant status. Any identified leads will be reviewed for potential future enforcement. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-15-nonimmigrant-students-opt-related-fraud Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:29 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE releases report on nonimmigrant students in US https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-releases-report-nonimmigrant-students-us The report notes that there were 1.52 million active records in SEVIS for F-1 and M-1 students during calendar year 2019, a 1.7 percent decrease from calendar year 2018. There were 532,711 records in SEVIS for J-1 exchange visitors during calendar year 2019, a 1.7 percent increase from calendar year 2018. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-releases-report-nonimmigrant-students-us Fri, 08/28/2020 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE continues March guidance for fall school term https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-continues-march-guidance-fall-school-term Nonimmigrant students and schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) should abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020. The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to the public health emergency generated by COVID-19. The March 2020 guidance applies to nonimmigrant students who were actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9 and are otherwise complying with the terms of their nonimmigrant status, whether from inside the U.S. or abroad. SEVP will not issue a temporary final rule impacting nonimmigrant students for the fall school term. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-continues-march-guidance-fall-school-term Fri, 07/24/2020 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 Final defendant sentenced in ICE HSI University of Farmington investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/final-defendant-sentenced-ice-hsi-university-farmington-investigation According to court records, from approximately February 2017 through January 2019, the defendants, a group of foreign citizens, conspired with each other and others to fraudulently facilitate hundreds of foreign nationals in illegally remaining and working in the United States by actively recruiting them to enroll into a metro Detroit private university that, unbeknownst to the conspirators, was operated by HSI special agents as part of an undercover operation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/final-defendant-sentenced-ice-hsi-university-farmington-investigation Wed, 01/29/2020 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 SEVP releases 2018 report on nonimmigrant students in US https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-releases-2018-report-nonimmigrant-students-us The report highlights calendar year 2018 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-releases-2018-report-nonimmigrant-students-us Tue, 01/28/2020 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE Acting Deputy Director sets the record straight on fraud investigations involving undercover schools https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-acting-deputy-director-sets-record-straight-fraud-investigations-involving Acting Deputy Director Derek Benner addresses the public misconceptions about ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ use of undercover schools – specifically the University of Farmington – to identify and disrupt attempts by foreign students and recruiters to exploit the nonimmigrant student visa system to remain in the country through fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-acting-deputy-director-sets-record-straight-fraud-investigations-involving Fri, 12/20/2019 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 SEVP reminds US schools that CPT, OPT are not interchangeable https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-reminds-us-schools-cpt-opt-are-not-interchangeable The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) oversees two types of practical training program for international students, curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT). The two programs, however, have different requirements and purposes. As a result, the two training programs are not interchangeable. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-reminds-us-schools-cpt-opt-are-not-interchangeable Wed, 07/03/2019 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 New, increased fees for international students, exchange visitors, SEVP-certified schools https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-increased-fees-international-students-exchange-visitors-sevp-certified-schools DHS has finalized changes to fees charged by SEVP to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-increased-fees-international-students-exchange-visitors-sevp-certified-schools Wed, 05/22/2019 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 8 individuals indicted for exploiting the US student visa system https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/8-individuals-indicted-exploiting-us-student-visa-system Charged in the indictments were: Barath Kakireddy, 29, of Lake Mary; Suresh Kandala, 31, of Culpeper; Phanideep Karnati, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky; Prem Rampeesa, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Santosh Sama, 28, of Fremont, California; Avinash Thakkallapally, 28, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Aswanth Nune, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Naveen Prathipati, 26, of Dallas, Texas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/8-individuals-indicted-exploiting-us-student-visa-system Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 SEVP publishes 2017 international student data https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-publishes-2017-international-student-data SEVP plans to publish calendar year 2018 data during the first quarter of 2019. Future years’ data will publish in the first quarter of the following year. This will enable the public to review yearly trends in the international student population. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-publishes-2017-international-student-data Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 SEVP report highlights changes in international student population https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-report-highlights-changes-international-student-population Slight decrease from May 2017; Stark declines from Saudi Arabia, South Korea https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-report-highlights-changes-international-student-population Mon, 04/30/2018 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 New portal allows international students to send updates to SEVIS https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-portal-allows-international-students-send-updates-sevis On Friday, SEVP launched the SEVP Portal, which streamlines the SEVIS update process by enabling F-1 students participating in post-completion OPT and M-1 students participating in practical training to report personal and employer information directly to SEVP. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-portal-allows-international-students-send-updates-sevis Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 SEVP launches revamped Guide to Studying in the States https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-launches-revamped-guide-studying-states This updated educational tool allows users to create a customized guide with information on the international student life cycle specific to their visa type (F-1 or M-1) and education level. Each guide contains information about preparing to enter the United States, traveling, studying, student benefits, change of status and departing the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-launches-revamped-guide-studying-states Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 Last of 6 Chinese students self-deports after being sentenced on fraud charges; aiding, abetting https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/last-6-chinese-students-self-deports-after-being-sentenced-fraud-charges-aiding Ying Huang, 23, a Chinese citizen, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of passport fraud, one count of mail fraud, and aiding and abetting. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/last-6-chinese-students-self-deports-after-being-sentenced-fraud-charges-aiding Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 New report notes 77 percent of international students hail from Asia; F, M student population up 2 percent since May 2016 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-report-notes-77-percent-international-students-hail-asia-f-m-student-population-2 Based on data extracted from SEVIS May 5, the international student population increased 2 percent compared to May 2016, with 76 percent of students enrolled in higher education programs of study. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-report-notes-77-percent-international-students-hail-asia-f-m-student-population-2 Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 Owner of Los Angeles-area schools that illegally allowed foreign nationals to remain in US as foreign ‘students’ pleads guilty to federal fraud charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/owner-los-angeles-area-schools-illegally-allowed-foreign-nationals-remain-us-foreign Hee Sun Shim (also known as Leonard Shim and Leo Shim), 53, of Beverly Hills, the owner and manager of the schools, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to conspiracy and immigration document fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/owner-los-angeles-area-schools-illegally-allowed-foreign-nationals-remain-us-foreign Thu, 02/09/2017 - 08:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE publishes quarterly international student data https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-publishes-quarterly-international-student-data The report, released Thursday by SEVP, highlights November 2016 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-publishes-quarterly-international-student-data Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE announces extension of employment authorization eligibility for certain Syrian students https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-employment-authorization-eligibility-certain-syrian-students Through the new notice, the DHS Secretary suspends certain regulatory requirements in order to allow eligible Syrian F-1 students to obtain employment authorization, work an increased number of hours during the school term, and, if necessary, reduce their course load while continuing to maintain their F-1 student status. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-employment-authorization-eligibility-certain-syrian-students Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19 ICE releases quarterly international student data https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-releases-quarterly-international-student-data-0 Based on data extracted from SEVIS July 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 5.5 percent compared to July 2015. In July, there were 8,673 U.S. schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, about a two percent decrease from the previous year. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-releases-quarterly-international-student-data-0 Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Operational, Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Covid-19