New 24-month OPT Extension for STEM Graduates Takes Effect

  International students who have studied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects for their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees from U.S. universities and who are completing their 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs are now eligible for a 24-month STEM OPT extension. Effectiv...

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USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors May23

USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it calculates unlawful presence for F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents. These changes are designed to clarify how USCIS implements the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility.  In particular, individuals in F, J, or M status who fail to mai...

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USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear Jul12

USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear

On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided This new guidance states that USCIS officers will now issues NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unla...

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USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT Aug24

USCIS Updating Information on STEM OPT

The United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the in order to provide important clarifications. Specifically, students and employers will be required to report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity using modified Form I-983. Employers will be required to report the STEM...

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USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence Aug24

USCIS Issues Revised Final Policy Memorandum for Unlawful Presence

On August 9, 2018, the United States and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a related to unlawful presence. Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants with F (student) and M (vocational student) visas who fall out of status and file in a timely manner for reinstatement of that status will have their accrual of unlawful presence sus...

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USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30 Oct11

USCIS: “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization is Only Valid Through September 30

foreign nationals who currently have F-1 status with a pending H-1B petition on October 1, 2018 are at risk of accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after October 1 because their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through September 30. What is the Under current USCIS regulations, a...

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