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Tagged: STEM OPT

COVID-19: Information for F-1 International Students in the US

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, Va Due to the provided guidance regarding COVID-19, colleges and universities have been requiring students to move off campus and have switched classes to remote learning. If you are an international student, you may be concerned about how these changes affect your status. SEVP’s priority is ensuring that […]

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H-1B Cap Gap Ends 9/30/18 – Beware Unauthorized Employment!

Attention all employees and employers who filed an H-1B petition under the H-1B cap in April! The H-1B cap gap provisions in the regulation allow an H-1B candidate to keep working even after their OPT has expired, assuming an H-1B petition requesting change of status was timely filed while their OPT was still valid. This […]

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Heads Up: Surreptitious Change for Off-Site Placements for STEM OPT Extensions

By Immigration Lawyers Chris Generous and Emily Sumner Employers and certain foreign students who have graduated from US universities have enjoyed the extended STEM OPT period for a few years now. Employers have successfully placed STEM OPT students at offsite client sites until now, as it has not been prohibited by the regulations, as long […]

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F-1 Students: Make Sure Your School Is Still Accredited!

The US Department of Education announced on Dec. 12, 2016 that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. It is not requires that all SEVP-certified schools be accredited. However, ESL programs must be accredited. Further, F-1 students who would like to apply for a 24 […]

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STEM 24 Month OPT Extension: Changes, Challenges, and Compliance (Part 3 of 3)

This post is the third in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016. The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what is changing and what is not. In […]

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STEM 24 Month OPT Extension: Changes, Challenges, and Compliance (Part 2 of 3)

This post is the second in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016. The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what is changing and what is not. In the […]

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STEM 24 Month OPT Extension: Changes, Challenges, and Compliance (Part 1 of 3)

This post is the first in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016. The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what is changing and what is not. In […]

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