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  • The Fate of DACA Hinges on Year-End Spending Deal

    With Congress leaving Capitol Hill in just under two weeks, the fate of nearly 700,000 immigrants hangs in limbo. Democrats in the Senate now must decide if they want to add protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a condition of their support for what is viewed as a “must-pass” spending bill. Their other option is to kick the issue to next year where they have ...
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  • Understanding the DREAM Act

    The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation that allows undocumented students who are driven to achieve a way to obtain legal residency. These students were often brought to the U.S. as young children and have spent most of their lives in the U.S. Eligible students are deeply rooted in their communities and often volunteer and participate in activities that benefit American communities, as well as ...
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  • Changes to Guidelines for F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Visas

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa guidelines for students who obtain degrees in in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from colleges or universities in the United States and who elect to pursue an Optional Practical Training (OPT). Effective May 10, 2016, the F-1 students who complete a STEM degree, and who have elected to ...
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  • F-1 Students at California Community Colleges Have Trouble Maintaining Status

    Include at least one course (three credit hours) per term requiring physical presence at the college; Permit counting more than one online course toward meeting the full course of study requirement, as opposed to the current maximum identified in the regulations; Not count conditions described in the previous two bullets toward limits otherwise placed on reduced course load.
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