Immigration Blog

Does Your STEM OPT-based EAD Extension Extend Your Work Authorization?

When qualifying criteria are met, STEM OPT-based EAD extensions do extend your work authorization.  Unfortunately, these extensions can be easily confused with the automatic 180-day extensions. We’ve already written about those elsewhere, but we’ll cover the basic requirements below, so you can understand the differences between these extensions. About the STEM OPT-based EAD Extension The STEM OPT extension applies to the work authorization. Upon STEM OPT EAD approval, the period of time is rolled into […]

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The Economic Impact of International Students in the US

The number of international students coming to study in the U.S. has declined for three straight academic years. This is significant because of the money these students bring in. How much money are we talking about? According to Open Doors, international students added $45 billion – yes, with a “B” – to the US economy in 2018. And that’s after the declines of recent years. What about all the money our country spends to bring […]

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Video: What Is Form I-983?

Giselle explains what Form I-983 is and provides insights to facilitate its completion and compliance.

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Tips to Complete Form I-983 for the F-1 STEM OPT Extension

Are you an employer of a future STEM OPT student or a future STEM OPT student? Here are tips for completing the required Form I-983 and the training plan. Read on.

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ICE Is Conducting STEM OPT Visits

The ICE visit is typically announced via email to the managers who oversee STEM OPT workers. The email gives two days’ notice that ICE will be making a site visit. Typically, these visits have been taking around one to two hours, with an ICE officer questioning both the employer and any student workers. Things you should be prepared to talk about include: How the STEM OPT employee’s salary was determined What makes this a valid […]

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How to Re-Verify a Cap-Gap Student?

As F-1 students under the “cap-gap” change to H-1B status on October 1, employers will need to re-verify their status. Download this sample Form I-9 on how to re-verify these students. [Download Now]

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