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New IRS Regulations for B-1/B-2 Visitors effective 4/12/02

Important information from the Federal Register:

1. Requiring Change of Status From B to F-1 or M-1 Nonimmigrant Prior to Pursuing a Course of Study: This interim rule amends the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service) regulations by eliminating the current provision allowing a B-1 or B-2 nonimmigrant visitor for business or pleasure to begin attending school without first obtaining approval of a change of nonimmigrant status request from the Service. This change will enhance the Service's ability to support the national security needs of the United States and is within the Service's authority under section 248 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act). The amendment will ensure that no B nonimmigrant is allowed to enroll in school until the alien has applied for, and the Service has approved, a change of nonimmigrant status to that of F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant student.

Effective date: This interim rule is effective April 12, 2002.

For details, please check the "Federal Registrar" website at:

http://fr.cos.com/cgi-bin/retrieve?db=fr_2002&ac2=20020412a16

2. Limiting the Period of Admission for B Nonimmigrant Aliens: The Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service) is proposing to amend its regulations by eliminating the minimum admission period of B-2 visitors for pleasure, reducing the maximum admission period of B-1 and B-2 visitors from 1 year to 6 months, and establishing greater control over a B visitor's ability to extend status or to change status to that of a nonimmigrant student. These changes will enhance the Service's ability to support the national security needs of the United States. These regulatory modifications are within the Service's authority under sections 214(a) and 248 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) and will help lessen the probability that alien visitors will establish permanent ties in the United States and thus remain in the country illegally.

For details, please check the "Federal Registrar" website:

http://fr.cos.com/cgi-bin/retrieve?db=fr_2002&ac2=20020412a

 
 
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