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Showing 2 posts from March 2016.

Department of Homeland Security issues final rule for international students with F-1 visas and Optional Practical Training

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations and issued a final rule for international students with F-1 visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT) who obtain degrees from U.S. colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).  Specifically, the final rule allows such F-1 STEM students who obtain 12 months of OPT following graduation to extend their STEM OPT for an additional period of 24 months.  This 24-month extension replaces the previously available 17-month STEM OPT extension. Read More

Changes to U.S. immigration regulations extends the "240-day rule" to persons with temporary H-1B1, E-3, and CW-1 work visas

The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s (AILA’s) Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee recently published information about changes to U.S. immigration regulations extending the “240-day rule” to persons with H-1B1 (Chilean and Singaporean nationals working in specialty occupations), E-3 (Australian nationals working in specialty occupations), and CW-1 (temporary foreign workers in the Commonwealth of the Norther Mariana Islands) visa status. In part, AILA’s announcement states: Read More