On September 27, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement updated and provided policy guidance on how to determine whether a student’s practical training is in an area “directly related” to the student’s major area of study. This is in keeping with the regulations at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(A) and is applicable to both CPT and OPT employment. [...]
Read this memo by Attorney Kidambi to know more about the Employer’s Training Obligation under the STEM OPT program and whether your company could complete Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.
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 [...]
Sometimes, Attorneys have to be able to read not only what is expressly stated in the rules, but also what is carefully left out. I have had several clients calling me for the past several weeks to inquire after the final rule amending regulations to expand Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students with U.S. degrees [...]
In a welcome gesture, on December 4th Speaker Boehner hired Senator McCain’s long time immigration advisor and Director of Immigration Policy of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) – Rebbeca Tallent. In a press release on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s website, Jason Grumet, BPC’s president was very positive in summing up his view of Ms. Tallent’s [...]
Every year since 1976, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has released a "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness". Nominations are offered for words and phrases that are best left out of our vocabulary in the following year. The 2012 List is as follows: 1.Amazing 2.Baby Bump 3.Shared [...]