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Tag: F-1 Visas

  • Navigating the H-1B Cap Gap: Understanding Its Limitations & Coverage

    Congratulations to those who have recently been selected in the H-1B visa lottery! This is a significant milestone, and as you prepare for the next steps, it’s crucial to understand the concept of the “Cap Gap” and its implications for your status and travel plans. The Cap Gap extension is an important provision designed to […]
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  • Self-Employment in the U.S. Immigration System

    Someone who is self-employed is defined as someone who works for oneself as a freelancer (also known as an independent contractor) or the owner of a business rather than for an employer. There are multiple ways you can work for yourself in the United States as a nonimmigrant. To do so, you must first obtain […]
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  • USCIS Guidance Provides Clarity for F and M Student Visa Holders

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently issued comprehensive policy guidance concerning F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, aiming to provide clarity on various aspects of student visas. It covers topics such as employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for F and M students and their dependents. This […]
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  • FAQ: Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)

    If you are an F-1 visa student, CPT is a program opportunity that allows you to gain practical experience directly related to your major area of study. The training opportunity must be an integral part of your school’s established curriculum, meaning it is not a supplemental training experience but rather a required part of your […]
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

    If you are an F-1 student, you have the option of training in the United States by engaging in practical training during your program or after it ends. Practical training can provide a valuable work experience by sharpening and adding to the skills you are learning in school. There are two types of practical training […]
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  • What is the Difference Between CPT & OPT?

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen planning on attended school in the United States by obtaining an F-1 Student Visa, then knowing the difference between CPT and OPT is important. If you are an F-1 student, you have the option of training in the United States by engaging in practical training during your program or […]
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  • Thanksgiving Travel Tips

    In the U.S., friends and family gather from all over to spend time together for Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are planning to travel over this holiday.  U.S. Citizens For U.S. citizens, Thanksgiving weekend might be the perfect opportunity to travel abroad. First, you should ensure that your […]
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  • USCIS Notice to Amend H-1B Regulations

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently proposed to amend its regulations governing H-1B specialty occupation workers to modernize and improve the efficiency of the H-1B program, add benefits and flexibilities, and improve integrity measures. Some of the proposed provisions would narrowly impact other nonimmigrant classifications, including: E-3, F-1, H-2, H-3, L-1, O, P, […]
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  • Can You Hold Nonimmigrant Status AND TPS?

    Many people are unsure if they can hold nonimmigrant status and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) simultaneously. The short answer is yes, you can hold both statuses at the same time, as long as you remain eligible for both. This means, in order to maintain both statuses, you must comply with each of the separate guidelines […]
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  • Visa Dropbox Appointment: Everything You Need to Know

    When applying for a U.S. visa, one necessary step involves attending an in-person visa interview. During this session, a consular officer will evaluate your qualification for the visa. You may be asked about several topics such as the purpose of your travel, employment, financial standing, educational background, and your familial and residential circumstances. The primary […]
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