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Oct 15, 2018

Less Than Half New Jersey Undocumented Immigrant Students Approved for College and University Financial Aid

In May, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation that extended financial aid to many undocumented immigrants in New Jersey.  Since then, 1,365 undocumented students have submitted applications for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the New Jersey Record.  » Read More

Jul 27, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Schools Sued over Immigration Enrollment Policies and Worksite Enforcement, Plus Raids up over 400%

ACLU Sues New Jersey Schools to Change Policies Related to Immigrant Students

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed multiple lawsuits against school districts throughout the state of New Jersey, alleging that the schools were requiring parents to provide proof of immigration status in the United States or a valid Social Security number, violating state law. » Read More

May 16, 2018

New Jersey Accepts First Financial Aid Applications from Undocumented Immigrant Students

As the ink of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s signature was still drying on the new law expanding state financial aid to undocumented students, the state’s application website went live.  Within minutes, the first application was submitted.

The new law offers state student loans, grants, and scholarships not otherwise available to New Jersey’s undocumented immigrant population, and expands a 2014 New Jersey law that allowed undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state resident tuition rates. » Read More

May 09, 2018

Immigration Alert: New Jersey Extends College Financial Aid to Undocumented Immigrants

In a ceremony at Rutgers University in Newark this afternoon, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that makes New Jersey the 10th state in the nation to extend financial aid to college and university students who are undocumented.  » Read More

May 02, 2018

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Expanding College Financial Aid to Undocumented Immigrants and New Jersey to Follow

Last Friday, Connecticut became the first state on the East Coast to make undocumented immigrants eligible for financial aid at state-run colleges and universities.  Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed Senate Bill 6, which provides undocumented students with the same access to student loans, grants, and scholarships that are available to U.S. » Read More

Apr 10, 2018

Immigration Agency Launches Online Reporting Portal for F-1 OPT and M-1 International Students

The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently launched the Online International Student Visa Portal for foreign students in the United States under the F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1 Practical Training programs.  The portal was developed to assist international students in the United States on student visas meet federal immigration information reporting requirements. » Read More

Mar 28, 2018

Inadequate and Incorrect Visa Applications, Increased State Department Scrutiny Lead to 17% Drop in Granted F-1 Student Visa Application

Last week, the American Immigration Counsel reported a sharp, one-year decline in the number of F-1 Student Visas issued to international students seeking to study in US colleges and universities.  According to the Counsel, the State Department “only issued 393,573 international student (F-1) visas last year, representing a 17 percent drop from 2016 and a near-40 percent decrease from the peak year of 2015.”  The reason: “school officials are reporting that international students are facing higher scrutiny from the State Department before being granted a visa.”  The result: “American universities [are] less diverse and financially solvent.”

Colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are already feeling the impact, as international students constitute a significant source of annual revenue.  » Read More

Oct 13, 2017

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN News.  This comes in the wake of the president’s letter to Congress on Sunday, in which he requested funding for new immigration enforcement personnel and programs. » Read More

Aug 14, 2017

With New Academic Year Approaching, Universities and Colleges Must Prepare for Possible Immigration Issues for Foreign and Students Studying Abroad

Universities and colleges across the United States must add an additional task to their preparations for the start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: the Trump Travel Ban.

As we previously reported, the travel ban remains in place for those from Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Libya, unless there is a bona fide relationship with either a person or an entity in the United States. » Read More

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