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  • Frequently Asked Questions: OPT Employment

    The F-1 visa enables an individual to enter the U.S. as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program. The student must be enrolled in a program that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate and the school […]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions: CPT Employment

    The F-1 visa enables an individual to enter the U.S. as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training program. The student must be enrolled in a program that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate and the school […]

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  • Work Period Extended for Foreign STEM Students

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced a new rule that will allow certain foreign students with science and technology degrees to extend their optional practical training period by 24 months. The official version of the new regulation was published in the Federal Register on Friday, March 11, 2016 and is predicted to affect […]

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  • Recent OPT Ruling May Help Speed Up New Regulations from the Obama Administration

    On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle vacated a 2008 ruling that extended the Optional Practical Training period for foreign students with STEM degrees by 17 months for an overall work period of 29 months. In the wake of this new ruling, many believe the Obama administration is likely to act […]

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  • Foreign National Students Must Proceed With Caution When Volunteering or Accepting Unpaid Internships

    With the fall semester coming to a close for college students, many will begin packing up and heading home to spend the holidays with their loved ones. But what about foreign nationals here in the U.S. on a student visa, who may not want to travel back to their home country for the break? Some […]

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  • U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

    The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has recently answered some questions regarding the worldwide Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) problems that have delayed many from receiving their U.S. passports and visas. Consular Affairs is reporting that significant progress has been made in addressing the problem and most of the backlogged nonimmigrant visas have been issued. However, […]

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  • Traveling While in the H-1B Cap-Gap Period

    As the H-1B  season is fully underway and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently adjudicating petitions that were accepted in the lottery, many F-1 students are in the period known as “H-1B cap-gap.”  The cap-gap provisions allow an F-1 student who filed an H-1B petition and that was accepted in the lottery process […]

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  • Back to School Brings Changes for Some "Student Visa" Holders

    Right on the heels of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announcing the elimination of I-94 cards, CBP has now stated that it will no longer provide admission stamps on Forms I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) and DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status).

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