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  • 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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  • 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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  • Premium Processing for Certain F-1 Students

    Recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its expansion of premium processing for certain F-1 students seeking Optimal Practice Training (OPT) and F-1 students seeking science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT extensions who have a pending Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and wish to request a premium processing upgrade.  Additionally, F-1 students […]
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  • Premium Processing Expansions for Certain Visas

    On January 12, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is implementing its final phase of premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigration Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 preference categories. This final phase applies to all new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions […]
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  • Work Authorization for Students in the United States: Pre-Completion OPT [Part 1]

    Are you a student in the United States who is looking for work authorization? Watch this video to learn about pre-completion OPT, which can allow you to work while you are still a student! This video will explain who is eligible for pre-completion OPT, what the process is, and how long you can stay on […]
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  • H-1B and OPT Considerations for Graduating International Students

    For many international students studying in the United States, there are quite a few options to stay in the country after graduation and work to gain experience. International students attending U.S. colleges and universities must have an F-1 visa to attend and can gain practical experience in their degree field after graduation by applying for […]
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  • Biden Administration Announces New Policies to Attract STEM Talent to Work in the U.S.

    U.S. immigration agencies and the Biden Administration are working together to provide new guidance, policies, and incentives to attract and retain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree holders to bolster the U.S. workforce. These goals are consistent with President Biden’s goal of removing barriers to legal immigration as evidenced by Executive Order 14012, Restoring […]
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