New SEVP Policy: Direct Relationship Between Employment and Area of Study to be Determined by DSO
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New SEVP Policy: Direct Relationship Between Employment and Area of Study to be Determined by DSO

On Sept. 30, 2019, SEVP published new policy guidance – “Practical Training: Determining a Direct Relationship Between Employment and a Student’s Major Area of Study.” This new SEVP policy was published on Sep 30, 2019. Not many DSO’s will be aware of this new guidance yet. Please share this page with your DSO and ask…

Court Issued Nationwide Preliminary Injunction for Unlawful Presence Memo. What Does That Mean?
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Court Issued Nationwide Preliminary Injunction for Unlawful Presence Memo. What Does That Mean?

Nationwide Preliminary Injunction for Unlawful Presence Memo! What does that even mean? What about the word Enjoins in the following statement? “The motion is GRANTED in that the Court hereby enjoins implementation, in all applications, of the memorandum titled “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants” Is that good or bad? You…

A Comparison Chart – CPT vs OPT vs STEM OPT
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A Comparison Chart – CPT vs OPT vs STEM OPT

So, do you want to know the difference between CPT, OPT and STEM OPT? Let’s start with the acronyms, OPT and STEM first, Ok? CPT – Curricular Practical Training OPT – Optional Practical Training STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. EAD – Employment Authorization Document (it looks like more a credit card) OPT and…

Breaking News: USCIS Says that STEM OPT Students Can Work At Clients Sites, But Conditions Apply
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Breaking News: USCIS Says that STEM OPT Students Can Work At Clients Sites, But Conditions Apply

USCIS announced today that F1 Visa students on STEM OPT can work at the third party client site but with conditions. The Background: The USCIS updated the website with the language that restricted  F1 students on STEM OPT from working at the client location. Combining that with the Accrual of Unlawful presence memo, made F1 students…

What Happens Next for STEM OPT, H1B Visa Under the Unlawful Presence Memo
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What Happens Next for STEM OPT, H1B Visa Under the Unlawful Presence Memo

You should have heard about two Memo from USCIS in the past few months that’s been discussed and looked through the lens – The Memo for Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J and M Visa holders went into effect on August 9, 2018, and third-party placement of STEM OPT workers. The third party work site…