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NEW: DHS Publishes Interim Final Rule: Removal of Obsolete Procedures and Requirements Related to F, J, and M Nonimmigrants


December 8, 2022

On Dec. 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend its regulations at 8 CFR 214.1, 214.2, 214.3, 214.4, 214.12, and 214.13 to remove obsolete information, correct typographical errors, update references and citations, and make minor clarifications to regulatory language. 

These changes are administrative, not substantive, and are necessary to eliminate confusion, improve clarity, and remove obsolete procedures and requirements used before the implementation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) or during the transition to SEVIS. This rulemaking does not raise existing costs and places no additional burden on F and M students, J exchange visitors, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified schools or designated programs. 

DHS is publishing this regulation as an Interim Final Rule, which becomes effective on Dec. 12, 2022. Stakeholders should refer to the Federal Register Notice about how to submit comments on the rule; comments must be received on or before 30 days after publication of the notice. 

Refer to the Broadcast Message, located on the What’s New page at ICE.gov/SEVIS/Schools, for a high-level summary of changes made as part of this rule. For a complete list of changes and updates made as part of the rule, refer to the Federal Register Notice

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