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Optional Practical Training (OPT) / STEM

Monday, May 8, 2017

USCIS: Cap Gap for Students Without a H-1B Application Rejection or Decision


USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that data entry for FY2018 has been completed and that petitions not selected in the lottery would begin to be returned. However, it may take several weeks for all unselected petitions to be returned. In the interim
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mudança recente no credenciamento de escolas e faculdades nos EUA afeta vistos de alguns estudantes

 

Em 12 de dezembro de 2016, o Departamento de Educação dos Estados Unidos anunciou que não reconhece mais o Conselho de Credenciamento de Faculdades e Escolas Independentes (ACICS) como agência de credenciamento. Essa determinação afeta diretamente dois programas de imigração: 


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Friday, April 21, 2017

USCIS UPDATE: Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation

 

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This determination immediately affects two immigration-related programs: 


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Friday, March 11, 2016

NEW STEM OPT EXTENSION RULE TO BE EFFECTIVE MAY10th 2016: RULE DELIVERS MUCH AWAITED RELIEF TO H-1B LOTTERY HOPEFULS.


March 9th, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an copy of the final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The official version of the final rule is slotted to be published in the Federal Register on March 11th, 2016. The new rule will permit employers to retain the talented international students who rely upon the F-1 nonimmigrant student visa for a longer period. USCIS will begin accepting applications under this provision on May 10th, 2016. Prior to that date, USCIS will continue to accept applications under the existing 17-month STEM OPT procedure.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

U.S DISTRICT COURT GRANTS 90 DAY EXTENSION FOR STEM OPT RULE. FOREIGN STUDENT VISA WORK AUTHORIZATION SEES MUCH NEEDED RESPITE.


On January 23rd, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted DHS' motion to extend the Stay Order of the STEM OPT until May 10th, 2016.

According to the August 12th, 2015 ruling, the Order vacated on procedural grounds, an interim final rule promulgated by DHS, but it stayed the effect of vacatur for six months in order to allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cure procedural defects. The Stay was set to expire on February 12th, 2016. The 90 day extension granted DHS time to issue a new rule thereby avoiding a regulatory gap.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Summary of the Major Provisions of the Recently Promulgated Regulatory Action - F-1 OPT STEM Extension.


On October 19, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. The comments are due by November 18, 2015. In addition to improving the integrity and value of the STEM OPT program, this proposed rule also responds to a court decision that vacated a 2008 DHS regulation on procedural grounds. The proposed rule includes changes to the policies announced in the 2008 rule to further enhance the academic benefit provided by STEM OPT extensions and increase oversight, which will better ensure that students gain valuable practical STEM experience that supplements knowledge gained through their academic studies, while preventing adverse effects to U.S. workers.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PowerPoint: STEM OPT PROGRAM CHANGES

 

 In a new set of regulations, the U.S. is seeking changes to what’s called the Operational Practical Training (OPT) program after a federal court ruled in August that the Government erred by not seeking public comment earlier.


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Friday, August 21, 2015

WASHTECH DECISION: BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE STEM OPT EXTENSION PROGRAM.

 

This past week, a Federal District Court decided Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. DHS. The lawsuit sought to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain practical experience in the U.S. following their full-time course of study. The Court invalidated a 2008 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule which permits an F-1 student to receive up to a seventeen (17) month extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT) on top of the twelve (12) months previously authorized (for a maximum of twenty-nine months), if their field of study is in a designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field and the employer is registered in the E-Verify Program.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR STEM STUDENTS


USCIS on October 6th, 2013, has issued policy memorandum about OPT for students enrolled in STEM Program as following:

17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students Enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degree Programs
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Initiative

On October 11, 2011, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced a new initiative to harness industry expertise from the public and private sectors and increase the job creation potential of employment-based and high-skilled visa categories. Called 'Entrepreneurs in Residence', the initiative built upon a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts within the framework of existing immigration laws. The EIR program was part of a wider White House and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effort to grow the U.S. economy and create American jobs.

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