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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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USCIS to Increase Certain Filing Fees on April 1, 2024

On Jan. 30, 2024, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that will increase certain filing fees effective April 1, 2024. As detailed in the final rule and associated Frequently…

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International Student Funding Opportunities

The Office of International Services is pleased to share three international student funding programs currently accepting applications. Read below or visit the OIS website for more information, including the eligibility and application process…

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USCIS Announces Increase to Premium Processing Fee

On Dec. 27, 2023, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would increase the filing fee on Form I-907 Premium Processing effective Feb. 26, 2024. USCIS states that the increase is…

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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…