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Compliance Alert: New Form I-9 Updates

As we posted in this update on September 1st, the form I-9 has been approved. This new form will include “smart features” that will be beneficial for employers to identify potential mistakes. This new form has yet to be published, but when it is released it will be valid until August 31, 2019, a 3-year period that is consistent with previous Form I-9 validity periods. USCIS will still continue to accept the old I-9 form […]

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August 8th Is the Deadline to Apply for 7-month Allowance to a 17-month STEM OPT Extension

If you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 months to your STEM OPT period. If you want to apply for this 7-month extension, you must properly file your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016. You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:

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Is Your Degree on the STEM Designated Program List?

For many of our readers, and especially foreign students on F-1 status knowing and understanding if their degree is a STEM Designated Degree Program is critical to plan for their immigration future. This designation can determine whether or not an F-1 student can benefit from the new 24-month STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension rule.  If so, the student can remain in the U.S. training and be gaining work experience  for a much longer time […]

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Are You Trying to Understand the New STEM OPT Rules?

I have tips for you!  Employers, foreign students, and schools are looking for best practices to complete the new Form I-983, Training Plan. With this in mind, I have published a White Paper to assist. The paper provides examples to complete the training program goals and objectives and measure the training effectiveness and outlines key provisions of the 24-month STEM extension. To read the paper in its entirety and download a copy, click here.

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ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released the latest “SEVIS By the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The report notes that nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status are studying in the U.S. Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 6.2% compared to March 2015. In March, there were […]

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Students not selected under the FY17 H-1B lottery who are currently working under F-1/OPT STEM should strategically consider taking advantage of the new 24-month STEM OPT extension

Students not selected under the FY17 H-1B lottery who are currently working under F-1/OPT STEM should strategically consider taking advantage of the new 24-month STEM OPT extension Below, I review some of the key points of this rule and offer action items.   The new rule goes into effect May 10, 2016. Eligible students working under the 17-month OPT STEM must apply for the seven months extension between May 10, 2016, and August 8, 2016 […]

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