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F-1 Student Visa, Optional Practical Training Risks Continue

Monday, November 19, 2018
Although there have been discussions for some time that the Trump Administration would change the rules regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT), OPT did not show up in the most recent “regulatory agenda.”

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Impacts From Changing Administrative Rule For H-1B And L1 Work Visas

The US Labor Department’s recently announced new regulations for H-1B and L1 work visas focus on the Trump Administration’s ongoing effort to tighten regulations and increase administrative hurdles. 

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What to Expect During a Holiday Trip to the U.S. Consulate

Even the simplest tasks tend to be chaotic around the holidays, and a trip to the U.S. Consulate for a visa interview is no exception.

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H-1B spouses: Eshoo, Lofgren introduce bill to protect work authorizations

Two Bay Area congresswomen introduced a bill Friday that would protect thousands of Silicon Valley immigrants from a Trump administration move to strip their right to work.

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So, is the shortage of IT workers in the US a myth or reality?

Does the US have a STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — worker shortage?

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This information is only for individuals in F-1 and J-1 status who are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes.

This information is only for individuals in F-1 and J-1 status who are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes.

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New technology fee for international students triggers intense backlash

A technology fee levied this academic year on international students has sparked outrage among many graduate students, who said the fee’s implementation unfairly targets the international student population and was poorly communicated by administrators.

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The Floodgates of H1B RFE (Request for Evidence) are opened

Here is the scoop with this year’s H1B filing:

The RFEs are pouring in. Apparently, USCIS is going after jobs with entry level (Level 1) prevailing wages. The most impacted occupations appear to be computer related: analysts, programmers, software developers, etc. Other jobs are getting hit as well, most notably business related positions such as business analysts and marketing specialists. Some traditionally “slam dunk” engineering positions also got challenged.

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How Can You Avoid an H-1B RFE? Part 1: Specialty Occupation RFEs

These are tough times for US immigration, and the challenges are not just limited to the border crisis. The current administration is building an invisible wall, brick by brick, to prevent even highly educated, skilled professionals from joining the US workforce, and remaining a vital part of our economy. So it would seem the short answer to this question would be “don’t file an H-1B.” But that is not the answer. Half the battle is anticipating what you may be facing. Read on to see what’s “trending” in H-1B RFEs!

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Make America welcoming to international students again

George Mason University’s president responds to a report showing weakness in the international academic pipeline.

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