ACICS Accreditation Impact On Stem OPT Extensions

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced on December 12, 2016 that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision of the ED affects foreign students under F and M status pursuing a program of study at ACICS-accredited schools. 18 Month Grace Period If […]

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OPT STEM Extension Reminder: August 8 Deadline To Apply For 7 Month Extension

Foreign students on F-1 OPT (Optional Practical Training) 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, Application for Employment Authorization on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016. […]

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17 Month OPT STEM Extension Rule Struck Down – What Next?

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, […]

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USCIS Announces Security Enhancement To E-Verify

USCIS has announced a security enhancement to the E-Verify program that will aid in detecting and preventing potential fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) to gain work authorization. The new safeguard will enable USCIS to lock a SSN that appears to have been misused, protecting it from further potential misuse in E-Verify. If an […]

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Bill Proposing Additional 55,000 Visas Annually For STEM Graduates Introduced

On May 15, 2012, Republican Senator John Cornyn introduced a bill “Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century” or “STAR Act”, that proposes amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide certain immigration benefits for aliens with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Some of the key proposals introduced […]

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