Immigration Blog

FAQ: F-1 Students and H-1B Cap-Gap Extensions

A Cap-Gap extension allows an eligible F-1 student to bridge the gap between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status, so the student can remain in the US and work during the ‘gap’.  This PDF answers FAQs about this unique extension. Download the PDF.

Continue Reading

Video: Should I Apply for STEM OPT if Selected under the H-1B Lottery?

Giselle Carson shares guidance for F-1 students considering applying for a 24-month STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension. Watch the video.

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Video: What Is Form I-983?

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

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading