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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OPT STEM Extension: DHS Expands List Of STEM Degree Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension [OPT STEM extension]. The expanded list of designated STEM degree programs includes fields such as Pharmaceutical Sciences; Health/Medical Physics; Architectural and […]

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Extension Of Optional Training Program For Qualified Non Immigrant F1 Students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an interim final rule on April 4, 2008, extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 29 months for qualified F-1 non-immigrant students. The extension is available to F-1 students with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) who are employed by […]

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