Foreign Students Losing Status to Study in the US: What Attorneys Need to Know Now

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CLE Credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Last year, USCIS published three new policy memos that have significant impact on foreign students (F-1) studying in the US. In addition to enhanced scrutiny by DOS at the consulates, foreign students are facing hurdles from the new unlawful presence guidance, as well as from Immigration’s expanded authority to deny applications without first issuing a Request for Evidence. Attorneys and their clients must understand issues thoroughly to ensure that students don’t violate status, which can lead to devastating consequences regarding dependents and future immigration options in the US. This course will discuss how to deal with changing policy guidance, examine regulatory interpretation to identify status violations, and advise students on how to remain in status. We will discuss the procedural and policy changes issued by the various U.S. agencies governing legal immigration, and the impact of these changes on foreign students in the US, as well as their spouses and dependents. We will examine practical tips and insight into how these changes could impact future residence applications.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   F-1 Student Visa Basics
•   Employment and Travel
•   New policy memorandum impacting students

Date / Time: April 18, 2019

•   10:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern
•   9:00 am – 11:00 am Central
•   8:00 am – 10:00 am Mountain
•   7:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: April 18, 2019

Deirdre D. Nero, Esq. started her own Immigration & Nationality Law Practice, NERO Immigration Law, in 2009 after having practiced in two large law firms for several years. Deirdre previously served as the attorney in charge of the Individual and Small/Medium Company division at the Coral Gables, Florida office of a major international immigration law firm; and prior to that as an attorney in the International and Immigration and Nationality Law Groups for a domestic and international commercial law firm in Florida. She led that firm’s immigration practice from 2006-2008. With 16 years of experience under her belt, Deirdre has helped hundreds of clients from all over the globe navigate the complicated world of Immigration Law.

Deirdre’s practice focuses on all types of business immigration including employment-based immigrant (permanent residency) and nonimmigrant (temporary) visa petitions, and related business immigration matters. She has extensive experience with PERM Labor Certification applications, and also routinely handles family immigration matters and naturalizations. She frequently works with companies to ensure they are compliant with Immigration laws relating to Form I-9, E-Verify, and Immigration Related Discrimination.

Ms. Nero works closely with companies and individual clients to personally coordinate and execute all aspects of the client’s Immigration strategy and represent them in front of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State. She represents clients in all 50 States and from countries around the globe and takes pride in providing individualized service and maintaining a very high success rate. Deirdre is the Former Chair of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Business & Investment Committee, and a seasoned speaker and writer on Immigration Law topics. She holds an AV® Preeminent™ Rating since 2014, showing she is well-respected by her peers.

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Section I. F-1 Visa Basics

Section II. What Constitutes a “Full Course of Study” Under the Regulations

Section III. Employment Authorization: Changes in USCIS Interpretation of Employment Eligibility

Section IV. STEM OPT Extensions and Training Plans

Section V. Reinstatement Applications

Section VI. The Unlawful Presence Memorandum and its effect on travel and accrual of unlawful presence

Section VII. Foreign travel after graduation and OPT endorsement

Section VIII. Delays and procedural changes in petition processing at the USCIS and delays in visa stamping at U.S. consulates affecting start dates