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OPT STEM Extension Reminder: August 8 Deadline to Apply for 7 Month Extension is Approaching
August 3, 2016
Foreign students on F-1 OPT who currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension and who qualify to apply for adding 7 months to their STEM OPT period must properly file the Form I-765 on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016.
CBP Global Entry Program Extended To Singaporeans
July 4, 2016
Citizens of Singapore are now eligible to enroll in the CBP ‘Global Entry’ Trusted Traveler Program. Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program that allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. It is currently available at 47 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations. Learn more about the CBP Global Entry program and how to apply for Global Entry membership as a Citizen of Singapore.
OPT STEM Extension: District Court Extends Stay
January 27, 2016
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has extended the stay on its August 2015 order vacating the 2008 OPT STEM extension rule until May 10, 2016. While the STEM OPT 17 month extension rule would remain vacated, the Court’s stay of vacatur would remain in force till May 10, 2016.
OPT STEM Extension: DHS Seeks Extension of Stay Till May 10, 2016
December 29, 2015
DHS has moved the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting the Court to extend the stay on its August 2015 order vacating the 2008 STEM OPT extension rule. If the Court grants DHS’s request, the 2008 STEM OPT Extension Rule would remain vacated, but the Court’s stay of vacatur would extend from February 12, 2016, to May 10, 2016.
Global Entry for UK Citizens is Available Now
November 4, 2015
U.K. Citizens can register for the Global Entry program beginning December 3, 2015. Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program that allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. It is currently available at 46 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations worldwide. Learn more about the CBP Global Entry program and how to apply for Global Entry membership as a UK Citizen.
24 Month OPT STEM Extension Proposed by DHS
October 21, 2015
The new proposed rule published by DHS proposes to increase the OPT STEM extension period from 17 months to 24 months and requires implementation of formal mentoring and training plans by employers. The new rule also proposes to add wage and other protections for STEM OPT students and U.S. workers, while restricting STEM OPT extensions only to students with degrees from accredited schools. The proposed rule will be open for comments till November 18, 2015. Learn more about the key provisions of new proposed rule including eligibility for OPT STEM extension, employer obligations, and DHS on-site reviews.
17 Month OPT STEM Extension Rule Struck Down – What Next?
August 14, 2015
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down provisions of the April 2008 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Interim Final Rule that extended the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) by 17 months for F-1 students with a qualifying STEM degree (degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics). The Court has, while vacating the 17-month STEM extension described in the 2008 Rule, also ruled that the order vacating the Rule will remain stayed until February 12, 2016.
CBP Testing a Handheld Mobile Device to Collect Biometric Exit Data
July 15, 2015
CBP has announced that it is testing the feasibility of using an enhanced handheld mobile device to collect biometric exit data from foreign national air travelers departing the United States. During the testing, CBP officers stationed at the passenger loading bridge of selected flights departing the United States will scan selected foreign national air travelers’ fingerprints and passports using a handheld biometric device.
Preclearance Operations May Be Extended to 10 New Airports
June 3, 2015
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the United States intends to enter into negotiations to expand air preclearance operations to 10 new foreign airports. The airports are located in 9 countries including Belgium, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and U.K. The United States and the governments of the host countries are now expected to begin negotiations on setting up of the preclearance facilities in the respective airports. New preclearance facilities would be established once final air preclearance agreements are signed.
Re-designation and 18-Month Extension of TPS for Syria
January 07, 2015
DHS has announced the re-designation of Syria for TPS and has extended the existing TPS designation for Syria from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Syrian nationals with TPS who are seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015. Syrian nationals, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, in the United States who do not currently have TPS may apply under the re-designation during a 180-day initial registration period that runs from January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015.

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