USCIS Changing Policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

2018-05-16T15:16:39+00:00 May 16, 2018|

USCIS has posted a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. This policy aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the [...]

Extending OPT beyond the initial period and When to Apply for STEM OPT

2018-05-16T14:20:06+00:00 May 4, 2018|

CAP Gap Employment: The USCIS has clarified that F-1 nonimmigrant students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment authorization. An F-1 student who is the beneficiary of an H-1B petition and request for change of status that is filed on time may have his [...]

ALERT for Students w/Cap Gap Waiting on H-1B CAP Rejection or Decision

2018-03-03T14:52:37+00:00 May 8, 2017|

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017 that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame [...]


2018-03-07T19:49:18+00:00 Oct 24, 2016|

USCIS published a Fee Increase schedule in the Federal Register today. Applications and petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after 12/23/16 must include new fee. (81 FR 73292, 10/24/16) USCIS Fee Schedule (pdf) A few important Forms and the corresponding fee increases are listed below:   Form From To I-129 $325.00 $460.00 I-539 [...]

Extension of Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations

2018-03-04T00:58:48+00:00 Apr 21, 2016|

ALERT: Effective May 10, 2016, DHS is amending 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. Such F-1 students who have elected to pursue 12 months of post-completion OPT in the United States may [...]

SEVP Webinar on STEM OPT 24-Month Extension Final Rule

2018-03-04T01:00:55+00:00 Mar 22, 2016|

On 3/11/16, DHS published a final rule on the OPT program for students in STEM fields. The new STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training and replaces the 17-month STEM OPT extension, and takes effect on 5/10/16. SEVP will host a live webinar on April 14, 2016 from 2 to 3 p.m. [...]

SEVP Unveils Online STEM OPT Hub and Resources on DHS Final Rule

2018-03-04T01:06:01+00:00 Mar 14, 2016|

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released a STEM OPT hub page on the Study in the States website, to help school officials, students, and employers understand the new DHS final rule on OPT for F-1 students. The website includes a transition plan and training plan, as well as FAQs. Form I-983, Training [...]

DHS Final Rule Offers More Flexibility to Students – Highlights

2018-03-04T01:03:16+00:00 Mar 13, 2016|

The Department of Homeland Security is issuing a final rule that will allow certain foreign students with science, technology, math, or engineering (STEM) degrees to extend their optional practical training or "OPT" period by 2 years, on top of the 1 year already allowed for graduates in all fields. The rule is scheduled to go [...]

SEVP Message for International Students Enrolled at Micropower Institutes and Affiliated Schools

2018-03-07T14:42:27+00:00 Aug 7, 2014|

On May 29, 2014, SEVP removed all Principal Designated School Officials and Designated School Officials (P/DSOs) from the following schools:     Micropower Career Institute in New York, New York     Micropower Computer Institute in Linden, New Jersey     The Institute for Health Education in Jersey City, New Jersey and     International School of Health, Beauty [...]