Students & Scholars

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Overview

The J-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa open to visitors from other countries who come into the United States for certain work and study related purposes. J-1 applicants can earn visas for teaching, studying, research, training, consulting, and other similar purposes. Eligibility There are 15 different categories of visitors who can qualify for a J-1 […]

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Unlawful Presence for Students

Introduction The start of a new academic year will bring thousands of foreign nationals to the United States to study at one of the nation’s many rigorous academic institutions.  The United States derives many benefits from allowing foreign nationals to study at its colleges and universities, including but not limited to, diversified classroom discussions and enriched collegiate

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Students & Cap-Gap Protection

Since 2008 an F-1 student who has a pending H-1B application at the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to change status from a student to a professionally skilled worker will be able to automatically extend his/her lawful status until October 1 of the fiscal year for which H-1B status is being requested.  The

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