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OIS News

Stay up to date on OIS news including stories from the UIC international community, program updates, and immigration announcements.

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SEVP Ends COVID-19 Flexibilities for 2023-24 Academic Year

In conjunction with the declared end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced the termination of its COVID-19 guidance on…

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USCIS Premium Processing Expansion of Form I-539

As previously announced by our office in March 2023, today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the expansion of Premium Processing for applicants seeking to change status to F or J nonimmigrant.

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USCIS Premium Processing Expansion

As previously communicated by our office in January 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has recently announced further details surrounding the immediate expansion and phasing in of optional Premium Processing for certain F-1…

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USCIS announces proposed fee increase

On January 3, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to adjust certain immigration filing fees, which was published in the Federal Register the following day.

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USCIS expands eligibility for premium processing

On January 12, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced further expansion of premium processing eligibility for certain immigration benefit requests and classifications.

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Spring 2023 International Student Status Maintenance Reminders

The temporary pandemic flexibilities provided by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) for F-1 international student status maintenance have expired for most international students. Only F-1 students enrolled on or before March…