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New USCIS Memo on 2018 F1 Unlawful Presence Rules


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Proposed New Rules on F-1 STEM OPT Extension

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2015 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. Specifically, the proposal would allow such F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue […]

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Filing STEM OPT Extensions

F-1 students generally can have Optional Practical Training (OPT) up to 12 months. The OPT must be completed within 14 months of the student’s graduation. However, there are exceptions. Some F-1 students may be eligible for an additional 17 months of OPT following the initial 12-month period extension if the student majoring in one of […]

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Types of employment allowed during 17-month extension of OPT

Our last post discussed the types of employment allowed during a regular OPT. There are different rules for the OPT duration in the 17-month extension. We will discuss here what are allowed for students in the 17-month extension of OPT.

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Types of Employment allowed for Regular OPT

The optional practical training (OPT) is important to undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status that are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work on a student visa in their field of studies. F-1 students are usually permitted a total of 12 months of practical training, and some students with […]

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