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USCIS Publishes Interim Policy Memorandum Discussing STEM Extensions

On October 21, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an interim memorandum for comment, entitled “17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students enrolled in...more

USCIS Clarifies How to Get 17-Month STEM OPT Extension

USCIS just issued a policy memo clarifying how F-1 students in OPT status can get a 17-month extension for STEM Degree programs. ...more

What International College Students Need to Know

Across the country, students are preparing for another semester of their college education. Many of these students are international students who are foreign nationals in the U.S. on a visa....more

EB-5 Funding: A Possible Financing Option for Commercial Ventures Undertaken by Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges seeking to start commercial ventures should consider raising capital through the EB-5 program. If you are a university or college and you are considering building a new student union or a stadium as...more

Traveling outside the United States for F-1 Students during Cap-Gap Extension

As you may know, F-1 students who filed H-1B petitions and were accepted as part of the lottery are eligible for cap-gap extension coverage. This allows F-1 students who have a pending or approved H-1B petition to have their...more

DHS Orders Verification of Foreign Student Visas in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tightened its screening of international students by ordering border agents to verify the visa validity of F-1 and M-1 foreign students entering the United States. The new...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: H-1B Cap Reached in the First Week of Filing

On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that it had received more than the allotted 65,000 “regular” and 20,000 US master’s degree applications for H-1B status. ...more

Planning on Hiring Foreign Programmers, Analysts, or Engineers? H-1B Visas are Predicted to Run Out in April 2013

The improving economy is expected to put pressure on U.S. employers seeking to hire highly skilled foreign graduates and professionals who need an H-1B visa. The H-1B visa cap of 65,000 (plus 20,000 for applicants who possess...more

Public Works Employment Verification Act Impacts Certain Projects Awarded by State and Local Governments in 2013

Pennsylvania's General Assembly recently enacted the Public Works Employment Verification Act (the "Act" or "Verification Act") (43 P.S. §§ 167.1 et seq.), aimed at ensuring that contractors and subcontractors on public works...more

Proposed Reform to Fuel Entrepreneurship

In a bid to reduce the loss of talent and jobs to countries like Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Coons, D-Del. and Roy Blunt,...more

New SEVIS Release will Address Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Overstays

A new version of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is scheduled to release this spring. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a faction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),...more

The Immigration Innovation Act

Just days ago, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced their support for a bill that would greatly increase the number of highly-skilled immigrants who could legally enter and reside in the U.S....more

Paths to Job Training for F-1 Visa Students

Over time, American colleges and universities have seen increasing enrollments of full-time foreign students who are pursuing an education here under the F-1 visa program. Many of these students are highly-trained and can add...more

rutland jezek on Student Visa in Czech Republic

Every year more and more students from different countries decide to study in the Czech Republic. A third country national who is not a Czech or EU national or a family member of a Czech or EU national, needs to obtain either...more

More H-1B Visas Would Benefit U.S. Economy

The U.S. system of colleges and universities is one of the country’s greatest strengths, attracting the best and the brightest students from around the world. Unfortunately, when those students are finished studying here,...more

Hospitality Update, No. 3, September 2012: The Benefits Of J-1 Workers – And The Costs

Many hospitality employers use the Exchange Visitor Program which is intended to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges....more

Hospitality Update - September 2012, No. 3

In This Issue: - Baristas and Buttons: NLRB v. Starbucks By Craig A. Cowart (Memphis)- The next time you stop in for your morning “must-have” caffeine, take a look at your Starbucks barista. He or she is likely to...more

Study Finds That Foreign-Born Inventors Play Prominent Role at Top U.S. Patent-Producing Universities

A study commissioned by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group of mayors from across the country and business leaders from all sectors of the economy seeking to raise awareness of the economic benefits...more

SEVP Implementation of the Accreditation Act

As the fall semester approaches, colleges and universities should be conscious of developments relating to the certification requirements that apply to schools that enroll foreign nonimmigrant students. During the first half...more

Student and Exchange Visitor Program Scrutiny Alert

We wish to alert our readers in the higher education sector to be alert to the scrutiny the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is now applying to colleges and universities that provide English language training (ESL)...more

How Will the Arizona Immigration Law Affect Education Law?

On April 25, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the controversial Arizona immigration law. The Court’s decision on the Arizona law will have broad implications on schools across the...more

Guidance for Certain Foreign Students Applying for H-1B Status

Individuals who are in the United States in F-1 (student) status should be aware of special rules that may apply if filing a petition for a change to H-1B status. Under the immigration regulations, certain students with...more

UK Government Introduces Further Changes to Immigration Rules

New changes to Immigration Rules affect migrant workers and students and include minimum salary thresholds for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applicants, a new visitor category, and a Graduate Entrepreneur route. In...more

Immigration Reforms and Updates from DHS and DOS

In a press release dated January 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a number of proposed administrative reforms designed to enable the United States to attract and retain highly skilled foreign...more

International Students - Timing is Everything: Social Security Numbers and Driver's Licenses.

New F, M and J nonimmigrants often apply for a driver’s license or Social Security number (SSN) either too early after entering the United States or without the proper documentation. The purpose of the following information...more

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