USCIS News : STEM OPT Employment Permitted at Third Party Worksite. What’s the Catch ?

STEM OPT Employment at Third Party Site USCIS New Rule 2018

Earlier this year, there were some changes to the USCIS website that said STEM OPT Workers cannot work at third party worksites. There was conflicting information on USCIS website vs. ICE website on this topic and some DSOs were not issuing I20s for students with third party worksite option.  With the recent F1 Visa Unlawful …

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F1 Visa Unlawful Presence Memo 2018 by USCIS – Summary, Impact

F1 Visa Unlawful Presence Memo 2018 Impact

USCIS originally posted a draft policy memo on May 10th that changes the way they calculate unlawful presence for F, J and M Visa holders. After public comment review ended, USCIS published the final policy on August 9th, 2018 that took effect from the same day i.e. Aug 9th, 2018. This new F1 unlawful presence …

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Apply STEM OPT Extension during Cap Gap, with H1B Visa Picked in Lottery ?

Extend STEM OPT with H1B Picked in Lottery

Some of you in US on F1 visa in 12 month OPT period and in cap gap, might have been lucky enough to be picked in H1B visa lottery and SEVIS your active OPT employment end is date Sept 30th,as you were picked in lottery…. Some of the common questions that are asked by such …

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SEVIS, SEVP Portal, OPT Cap Gap Date – Updates – H1B Lottery Selected ?

SEVIS System vs SEVP Portal for H1B and OPT Cap Gap

There have been lot of frantic discussions on the blog with various sorts of information from students who have called help desk, talked to DSOs, what they see in SEVIS. There have been some recent changes with SEVIS and recent launch of SEVP Portal this year that make some of these changes automatic. Let’s look …

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F1 Student Experience -Journey to US – Planning, Visa Process, Arrival

F1 International Student Experience from India Visa Process and Flights

Over years, information keeps changing and current personal experiences are the best source of updated information. Smruti has gone through the F1 visa process in the recent years and below is her experience. Thanks to her for taking time to write and share her experience with our readers. It is very well written and captures …

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US Port of Entry(PoE) Process, Requirements for F1 Visa Students

US Port of Entry Checklist Process Requirements

One of the biggest myths international students with F1 visa, who are entering US for the first time, have is that if they get F1 visa stamped in their home country, they are all set to enter to USA and study…unfortunately, that is not true…instances like deportation of F1 students, who failed to convince the CBP …

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Summary of New 24 Month STEM OPT Extension Proposed Rule

New 24 Month OPT STEM Extension 2015

Many students have been waiting for the STEM OPT Extension rule that was cancelled by a federal court earlier this year. As you know the New OPT Extension rule for STEM graduates was in review with OMB for some time and it was approved by OMB on October 14th.  The actual proposed rule will be …

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Official News Update: DHS working on 17 Month OPT Extension rule

STEM OPT Extension Official Rule Making In Process

Updated : October 16th, 2016 There has been quite a bit of anxiety among thousands of current and prospective F1 students regarding the 17 Month OPT STEM Extension rule cancellation since August 12th , 2015. We had quite a bit of unofficial information from AILA, prominent attorneys giving us details and status on this, but …

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F1 Visa Students Stock Trading – Allowed? Invest – Buy, Sell and Taxes ?

F1 Students Stock Trading Options SSN and Tax Info

In general students are passionate about financial markets, F1 students in US are not different…Some of the F1 students might have been investing in stocks in their home country, before moving to US for education…they may want to continue to invest in stocks to have an understanding of the US financial markets…the question is around …

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FAQs on 17 Month STEM OPT Extension Revoked – Impact, Status Issues?

FAQs on 17 Month OPT Extension Revoked by USCIS and DHS

Updated : October 5th, 2015 It has been crazy and shocking news for many of the F1 students working on OPT  with the federal judge issuing judgment saying that the 17 month OPT STEM extension rule will be vacated ( cancelled) from February 12th 2016 as US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow …

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