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Answering HR Pros’ Most Common Business Immigration Questions: How Do I Verify the Work Authorization of F-1 STEM OPT Students?

How do I verify the work authorization of a student in F-1 status and STEM OPT? DHS issues F-1 students documents showing employment authorization based on the type of student they are and the type of employment they have. A foreign student in F-1 STEM OPT is issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that states “STU: STEM OPT ONLY.”   The following documents establish these students’ identity and employment authorization for Form I-9:  ✓ Unexpired STEM […]

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The Trouble with International Students and Online Courses — What You Need to Know Now

Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption earlier this year.  It allowed international students to take more online classes for the spring and summer semesters than normally permitted for the purposes of maintaining a full course of study, which enables them to keep their legal F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status. Under the proposed modifications, international students will not be able to obtain a visa to come here or remain in the US if their […]

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What You Need to Know about This Years’ Cap-Gap and H-1B Cap Petitions Pending Adjudication

We are happy to report that we have begun to receive receipt notices for some H-1B FY2021 cap-subject petitions! Below are answers to FAQs to help employers and their F-1 cap-gap students continue to plan for the H-1B cap-gap. Have receipt notices from the Vermont Service Center come in yet?  No. We’re still waiting for the receipt notices for the H-1B cap petitions filed with the Vermont Service Center (VSC), which has reported having issues […]

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How Do I Complete the I-9 Verification of an F-1 Student Under the H-1B Cap-Gap?

Some F-1 students whose H-1B petitions were timely filed with an October 1 start date and requested change of status are eligible for a cap-gap extension of status and employment authorization. The cap-gap is the period between when the F-1 student status would end and the H-1B status begins on October 1. Qualifying students are legally able to live and work in the United States during the “cap-gap” period. The cap-gap extension ends on September […]

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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.

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How to Verify the Work Authorization of Your F-1 Cap-Gap Students

For Form I-9 purposes, the following documents can serve as evidence of work authorization for cap-gap students: Expired EADs and Form I-20s endorsed by DSO recommending the cap-gap extension.  These are acceptable through September 30 during the year the H-1B petition was filed. The cap-gap period extends an eligible F-1 student’s status to bridge the time between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status. Download an example of how to verify cap-gap […]

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