Raw Deal for Students and Exchange Visitors: USCIS Attempts to Eliminate "Duration of Status"

Raw Deal for Students and Exchange Visitors: USCIS Attempts to Eliminate "Duration of Status"

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy guidance stating that people in the United States as students and exchange visitors (F-1, M-1, and J-1) will begin accruing "unlawful presence" after passing the expiration of their program. This runs contrary to a long-standing policy that gave some leniency to students and young people seeking to learn about our country. It's effect reduces options for talented young people, who we traditionally have encouraged to contribute to our country's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. It's legality is, unsurprisingly, questionable.

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