Immigration Blog

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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FAQs about F-1 OPT Work Authorization Verification

Many F-1 students selected under the H-1B lottery have an expiring or expired Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Our clients are asking us how to verify their work authorization. We have created these FAQs to guide you through the process. Download the PDF

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CPT, OPT, and OPT STEM Guide for HR Pros and F-1 Students

This quick and practical reference PDF provides the information you need at a glance to identify the key differences between CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT – including the basic requirements and work authorization evidence. Thanks go to Ellen Mazujian and Gabbie Buenano for their assistance with this practical guide. Download the PDF

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FAQs for F-1 Students Transitioning to Cap-Subject H-1Bs

This downloadable PDF was written with the assistance of Ellen Mazujian, our newest team member who served as an International Student Advisor at NYU before joining us.  In the document, you’ll find answers to FAQs about the transition, including information on the cap-gap extension. Download Now

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What Are the Options Beyond the H-1B?

Unfortunately, some new H-1B petitions will not be accepted this year or might not get approved. I explore the options beyond the H-1B with my clients. But I’m so passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration goals that I took the time to write a book about it. My book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, is designed to help readers understand the most […]

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