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Making Friends with Americans

Many international students come to the U.S. not only with the goal of learning or improving their English, but also to make friends with Americans. Unfortunately, getting to know your American peers can be quite frustrating. While Americans are generally known to be friendly, they often say and do things that seem to keep others from getting too close. “FRIEND” …

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International Students Help Clean Up Florida Beaches

A group of international students who are temporarily working in the United States this summer volunteered to clean up beaches. The international students who are in Panama City working on J-1 visas decided to spend the day on August 7 cleaning up beaches near the City Pier. This day was also known as National J Day, a day in which …

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MAVNI Program Faces the End?

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The MAVNI program, a program that allowed non-immigrants to join the U.S. Military and earn U.S. citizenship may be coming to an end. The program discontinued in June 2016 after being started in 2009. MAVNI gave the opportunity to certain legal non-citizens who were fully licensed health care professionals or who spoke one of the 44 sought-after languages to join the U.S. Military. In …

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More than 1.18 Million International Students Study in the United States

More than 1.18 million international students on F or M status study in the United States, according to the latest report provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security. F status means students are in the United States for academics, while M status means students are in the country for vocational reasons, such as learning a trade. There …

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Man Arrested in Connection to Missing Chinese Scholar

Yingying Zhang went missing on June 9 and more than 20 days after the disappearance, the FBI arrested a man and charged him with kidnapping. Brendt, Christensen, 27, was under surveillance when agents said they overheard him say he kidnapped Zhang and took her back to his apartment. “Based on this, and other facts uncovered during the investigation of this …

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$300 Scholarship Grand Prize for ISV Magazine Summer Photo Contest

International students have a chance to win the grand prize of a $300 scholarship by participating in the 2017 ISV Magazine Summer Photo Contest. Scholarships will also be awarded for second and third place entries. Show us what life is like in a new country and you could win! Students can submit photos until August 11. For full details, how to …

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USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not …

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14 Finalists Selected for $500 ISV Magazine Scholarships

During spring 2017 International Student Voice Magazine will award two international students $500 scholarships. “We originally decided to have 12 finalists, but there were so many great entries we decided to have 14 finalists,” Carrie Circosta, Editor in Chief explained. “We had nearly 300 entries, it was extremely difficult to select just 14 finalists.” To be considered for the scholarship, …

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President Trump Reveals Revised Executive Order on Immigration

President Trump signed a new travel ban with changes that administration officials said they hope get stopped in the courts again. What is different with this executive order? There is a 90-day ban on issuing new visas for citizens from the following six muslim-majority countries: Libya Syria Sudan Iran Yemen Somalia The 90-day ban is to allow time to evaluate …

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