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OPT STEM Extension Applications Denied in Error

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has come to the attention of its Service Center Operations (SCOPS) that certain optional practical training (OPT) science, technology,...more

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements For STEM OPT Extension

A recent interim policy memorandum, released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), clarifies the degree completion requirements for the 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) available to...more

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

April 1 Deadline for Filing H-1B Visa Petitions Approaches

As of April 1, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014). Petitions for FY2014 will allow foreign nationals to work for petitioning...more

USCIS Offers New E-Verify Tool

Just recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) launched its new E-Verify search tool, which enables users to determine whether employers are enrolled in the E-Verify system....more

DHS PROPOSES IMMIGRATION REFORMS TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN HIGHLY SKILLED IMMIGRANTS

On January 31, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced several proposed reforms recommended by President Obama to assist in the retention of highly educated foreign nationals. While the federal regulatory...more

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