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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued updated policy guidance in December regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications.
Among other points, the guidance:
Background: The nonimmigrant academic student (F-1) classification allows a noncitizen to enter the United States as a full-time student at a college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school or other academic institution, or in a language training program. The nonimmigrant vocational student (M-1) classification includes students in established vocational or other recognized nonacademic programs other than language training programs.
BAL Analysis: The guidance largely consolidates existing policy but is nevertheless a welcome development, particularly the portions related to green card sponsorship and STEM OPT and startup companies. A USCIS policy alert on the updated guidance is available here.
This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.
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