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USCIS Revises Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

May 29th, 2018

On May 10, 2018, United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a policy memorandum that will fundamentally change the rules regarding “unlawful presence” as they apply to students (F-1), exchange visitors (J-1), and vocational students (M-1) nonimmigrants and their dependents in the U.S. The changes are designed to reduce the number of nonimmigrants who overstay … Continue reading USCIS Revises Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

Automatic Termination of OPT for F-1 Students If They Transfer to a Different School or Begin Study at Another Educational Level

May 29th, 2018

Under current regulations, F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) face automatic termination of their OPT and corresponding employment authorization document (EAD) if they transfer to another school or begin study at another educational level. Although the transfer to a different school or commencement of study at another educational level automatically terminates OPT authorization, F-1 … Continue reading Automatic Termination of OPT for F-1 Students If They Transfer to a Different School or Begin Study at Another Educational Level

USCIS Changes Interpretation for Certain STEM OPT Students

May 17th, 2018

In April 2018, the United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its Optional Practice Training for STEM students webpage to reflect its change in interpretation of the 2016 STEM OPT rule for F-1 students. Specifically, USCIS now interprets the 2016 STEM OPT rule to require F-1 students in the STEM OPT program to be placed … Continue reading USCIS Changes Interpretation for Certain STEM OPT Students

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