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The STEM OPT list of degree falling under Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The STEM OPT list of degree falling under Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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India still awaiting the USA response regarding non-immigrant visas

The meeting held at the WTO between India and USA which involved various disputes about the Washington’s barriers and non-immigrant visas is least likely to show positive outcomes. Delhi was quite serious about this meeting as this could outsource pretty serious outcomes. Some of the outcomes as already mentioned, include severely affecting the Indian service suppliers and also the relationship between India and USA.

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Judge rules in favor of F-1 visa students on OPT, tosses out appeal by tech workers’ union

DC Circuit says F-1 visa students allowed to work for 3 years on OPT.

In a major win for international students on F-1 visas in the United States, who avail of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to gain valuable work experience as well as try to get employment offers and permanent residency, a court has tossed an appeal by a tech workers’ union who tried to overturn a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule to grant OPT for as many as three years and more to some students in the STEM track.

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Alleged Sex-Trafficking Scheme Involved Foreign Students

A Florida man accused of recruiting international students to the U.S. on false pretenses to further a prostitution business has been indicted on charges of sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking by fraud, wire fraud, importation of aliens for prostitution or immoral purposes, and use of a facility of interstate commerce to operate a prostitution enterprise.

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Immigration Law Show – May 12 2016

Immigration Law Show – May 12 2016

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Travel Reminder for Students and Exchange Visitors

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) screens foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States. Students and exchange visitors who intend to travel outside of the U.S need to have proper documentation to present to the CBP officer in order to gain admission. The arrival procedures outlined below, can help minimize waiting times at the U.S. ports of entry (POEs), and reduce the need for the issuance of the Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor (I-515A).

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NewsFlash! STEM OPT Special Instructions

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has revised the guidance for 24-month STEM OPT filings. This guidance reflects accommodations for delays during the transition to the new 24-month STEM OPT program. These changes are only applicable to students with optional practical training (OPT) expiration dates prior to May 23, 2016, who are seeking a STEM OPT based upon a prior degree.

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Why Indian students are crazy about foreign MBAs

Never mind the Indian Institutes of Management, or the Indian School of Business. India’s MBA aspirants much rather go abroad than stay home to attend B-school—and it’s all about reputation.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

Apart from marrying an American, the best known route for foreign techies wanting to (legally) share their expertise for a fee in the US is a work visa.

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How Does DHS Determine Which Degrees Qualify for the STEM OPT Extension?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiles the STEM Designated Degree Program List based on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) definition of a “science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.”

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