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

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 4 Comments

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 Presence Memo by USCIS , students …

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

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 28 Comments

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 memo has a significant impact …

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

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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 all aspects of the process. …

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

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 44 Comments

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 officer at Port of Entry …

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Summary of New 24 Month STEM OPT Extension Proposed Rule

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 23 Comments

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 formally published to the federal …

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

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 7 Comments

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 USCIS/ DHS did not give …

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

In F1 Visa by KumarUpdated : 15 Comments

Many students are passionate about financial markets…some of them might have been investing in stocks in their home country, before moving to US for education…they want to continue to invest in stocks to have an understanding of the US financial markets…the question is around “Is it legal for F1 students to invest in stocks ?” . We will cover various …