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Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Dismisses Former University Employee’s Claims for Access to Research Materials and Wrongful Termination...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a noteworthy case involving an employed scientist’s allegations of wrongful termination for reporting research misconduct, the Maryland Court of Appeals in Yuan v. Johns Hopkins University refused to recognize the federal...more

Increasing Ransomware Attacks in Higher Education

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Malicious “ransomware” attacks — where a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts data, preventing the owner from accessing it until the victim pays a sum of money — are on the rise against...more

Matter of Dhanasar: A New Standard for National Interest Waivers in the United States

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On December 27, 2016, the AAO issued a decision that modifies the standards for granting a National Interest Waiver (NIW) in Matter of Dhanasar. This decision will impact thousands of applicants seeking U.S. permanent...more

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session One Recap

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum got off to a great start with a thought provoking presentation by Mark Sommaruga and Zach Schurin regarding a summary of 2016 Connecticut legislative enactments...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

August 8 Deadline for 7-Month, STEM OPT Extension

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Due to recent changes in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, F-1 students currently participating in the STEM OPT extension are eligible to apply for an additional 7-months of work authorization. The deadline to...more

Deadline to Apply to Add Seven Months to 17-Month STEM OPT Extension is August 8, 2016

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The new 24-month STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program took effect on May 10, 2016. The substantially revised STEM OPT program expands total OPT time to 36 months for F-1...more

New Requirements for Employers of STEM OPT Students — Seven Extra Months for Seven Extra Requirements

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The new STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulation extends the practical training for F-1 students with qualifying degrees from 17 months to 24 months. It also introduces an employer requirement to complete a training...more

Uniform Approach Proposed to Protect Employee and Student Online Login Information

by McGuireWoods LLP on

State legislatures are increasingly legislating in the area of employee and student online privacy. Privacy practitioners should be aware that there is now a proposed uniform law for the states to consider enacting. At its...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Paul LePage Signs Executive Order to Pay for Bills Passed in Second Regular Session of...more

Immigration Update: Rule Changes for International Student Workers

by Burr & Forman on

Many of our clients employ international students in a status known as "F-1/OPT," which is "Optional Practical Training," a program similar to an internship that allows international students to get practical work experience...more

Ready or not, the new STEM OPT rule is in play!

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As higher education institutions with international students should already be aware, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently published a new regulation that provides eligible F-1 graduates from STEM programs in...more

New STEM OPT Extension Program Requirements

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The new 24-month STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program will take effect on May 10, 2016. The substantially revised STEM OPT program expands total OPT time to 36 months for...more

H-1B Cap FY2017 and Aftermath

by Baker Donelson on

The USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during this year’s FY2017 filing period for the annual supply of 85,000 new H-1B visas (65,000 for regular cap plus an additional 20,000 for workers with a U.S. Master’s degree)....more

New OPT STEM Rule Extends Employment Period for Foreign Students; Imposes New Obligations on Employers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a revised rule which allows foreign students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to extend their 1-year period of Optional Practical...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislative Session in Recess Until April 29 - In late night sessions ending at 2:30...more

New STEM OPT Rules: More than Just an Extra Seven Months of Work Authorization

by Baker Donelson on

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on enhancements to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering...more

DHS Issues STEM OPT Final Rule

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently issued its long-awaited F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (“OPT”) for certain students with degrees in science, technology,...more

Tidewater Community College hit with phishing scam exposing data of 3,193 employees

Tidewater Community College (Tidewater) has announced that the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers of 3,193 current and former faculty and staff members was compromised in a phishing scheme and...more

New 24-month F-1 STEM OPT Rule Effective May 10, 2016

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted to the Federal Register an advance copy of its final rule regarding certain F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions. The new rule replaces the...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration: An Update to Two Key Initiatives Designed to Enhance the Employment of Highly Skilled...

In November 2014, President Obama issued a number of executive actions designed to make significant changes to the U.S. immigration system. The most controversial initiatives were the deferred action policies aimed at...more

STEM OPT Update: Program Remains Valid Through May 10, 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to extend the stay of vacatur of the current STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program until May 10, 2016, providing the...more

Court Allows DHS Until May 10, 2016, to Issue New STEM OPT Rule

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until May 10, 2016, to correct the procedural defects to its STEM OPT rule. The prior deadline had been February 12, 2016, to...more

DHS is granted an extension of existing STEM OPT rule through May 12, 2016

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

To the relief of thousands of foreign nationals and many U.S. businesses and higher education institutions, on January 23, 2016, the federal district court in Washington D.C. presiding over Washington Alliance of Technology...more

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