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Limited H-1B visas may force Facebook to skip placement season at IITs this year

 Facebook, one of the best paymasters at engineering campuses, is likely to give the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) a miss this year, both for internship and final placement, according to sources from IIT placement cells.

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Summary: Notice of Proposed Rule for STEM OPT Extension

  • The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued the long awaited notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations to allow for an extension of a student’s Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) period for an additional 24 months if the student has met the requirements.  The proposed rule is in response to a decision of the  U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security invalidating USCIS’s 2008 17-month OPT extension rule.  The court delayed the effectiveness of its decision to invalidate the rule by six months to give DHS time to issue notice and comment rulemaking.

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New STEM OPT Regulation Allows 24 Months Employment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend the regulation for certain foreign students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. The proposal will extend the existing STEM OPT employment period from 17 months to 24 months. 

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OPT STEM should be Increased to 36 months, Comment on OPT rule

As you might already know that DHS has Proposed a new OPT STEM Rule and Published in Federal Registry on October 19th, 2015.

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Proposed New OPT Rules: Up to 3 Years OPT for STEM + Cap-Gap Relief

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s has proposed amending its regulations on the optional practical training (“OPT”) program to allow international F-1 students with U.S. degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (“STEM”) – attained from accredited institutions – to extend by 24 months the standard 12-month OPT period available to them to remain in the U.S. to pursue degree-related work experience.

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Good News! Proposed OPT STEM Rule Published in Federal Registry & Open for Comments

Next step is to comment on the rule for next 30 days i.e until November 18th, 2015. If you would like to comment on the rule, please click on "Submit a Formal Comment" button at Federal Registry website. Please note that Any personal information included in your comment text and/or uploaded attachment(s) may be publicly viewable on the web.

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US daily crowdfunds $15,000 to do story on H-1B workers

A prominent US daily has taken an unusual step of raising $15,000 to carry out a comprehensive multimedia reporting project on H-1B visas, looking at the prospective immigrants who want them and the companies that stand to benefit from loosening of regulations.

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Woman admits defrauding immigrants with promises of legal status

Seattle, Washington - A former resident of Mercer Island, who stole more than $220,000 from immigrants with promises of immigration assistance, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to wire fraud, following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

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DHS Proposes Changes Related To On-The-Job Training Program For STEM Students

Changes to regulations that would strengthen and enhance the process for foreign students with science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degrees from US colleges and universities to get practical training experience in the United States have been proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Wow! OPT STEM Rule Commenting Period Only 30 Days

Wow! OPT STEM Rule Commenting Period Only 30 Days

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