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USCIS Introduces Onsite Training Restriction on Staffing Agencies Hiring OPT STEM Students

The 2016 STEM regulations made it more difficult for staffing agencies and consulting companies to sponsor graduating F-1 OPT employees for the two-year STEM OPT extension. 

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H4 EAD: USCIS chief signals it's end of the road for H4 work permits; tighter rules on H1B payscales coming soon

Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Francis Cissna, in a three page letter dated April 4 to the US Senate Juiciary Committee, has confirmed it's the end of the road for H4 workers' employment authorisations in Donald Trump's administration.

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H1B spouses' work permits: USCIS chief Francis Cissna speaks up on H4 EAD in letter to US lawmakers; tough road ahead

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) chief Francis Cissna has indicated in a letter to 15 US lawmakers that the Trump administration is firmly on track to likely revoking work permits given to more than 100,000 spouses of H1B workers in America. 

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Columbia University’s medical school offers debt-free degrees

Always dreamed of completing medical school in the US but not sure how you’d afford it?

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US Policy: STEM students under OPT extension cannot work at client sites


Several international STEM students hoping to work in the United States for a longer duration, post their studies,
 

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Amazon’s visas for foreign-born workers surge 78% as H-1B approvals shift from Indian IT firms to US tech companies

Amazon was approved for 2,515 visas for foreign-born workers in fiscal year 2017, outpaced by only one other company in the highly competitive H-1B lottery. 

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Determining whether a bona-fide employer-employee relationship exists under the new STEM OPT regulations

The Department of Homeland Security's new 24 month STEM OPT rule went into effect on May 10, 2016. Employers and F-1 students should be aware of the major changes to the STEM OPT program.  In particular, some employers may no longer be able to hire F-1 STEM OPT students. 

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How to prove Employer Employee Relationship in an H1B Petition?

mployers (Petitioners) are frequently faced with Request For Evidence (RFEs) issued by USCIS, requesting employers to prove the employer employee relationship in an H-1B Petition. The Answer is Right of Control.

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How to Find a Cap-Exempt H-1B Job

The H-1B visa is for "specialty occupation" workers. In order to satisfy the visa requirements, the job must require at least a specific bachelor's (four-year) degree, and the worker must have a relevant U.S. bachelor's degree, foreign degree, or equivalent education and/or experience.

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Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment Clarified by DHS

In light of the general unavailability of H-1B visas due to the limited and inadequate H-1B visa quota, it is more important than ever that U.S. employers and highly skilled foreign nationals be able to take maximum advantage of exemptions from the quota. 

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