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Indians, Chinese get highest number of Optional Training Visas given to foreign graduates: study

​A growing number of high-skilled foreign workers find jobs in the United States under a program known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows foreign graduates from U.S. universities to work in the country on a temporary basis.

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Breaking: STEM OPT Case Dismissed

Last month, the District Court where the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers had filed a new lawsuit challenging the new STEM OPT rule had issued an order granting part of DHS’ motion to dismiss, but also denying part of the motion to dismiss

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Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs Affected by the ACICS Loss of Accreditation | USCIS

​On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency.

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Litigation Overview on the F-1 STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training Work Authorization for International Students)

Back in August 2015, a D.C. federal judge said the 2008 Department of Homeland Security rule that allows STEM graduates in F-1 status to obtain an additional 17 months of OPT time in the U.S. was deficient.

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Indian student shot dead

In the first deadly hate crime against an Indian since Donald Trump became president of the US, a young man from Warangal district in Telangana was shot dead from close range in San Francisco, California on Saturday evening.

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With Donald Trump's new set of orders, does it makes sense for Indians to study in US?

Indian students studying in the United States are concerned about their future, after a tweet suggested that US President Donald Trump’s administration would cancel the Optional Practical Training Extension for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Students (STEM OPT). 

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US cancels accreditation panel, Indian students hit

​In a big blow to lakhs of Indian students, the US department of education has revoked its recognition to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). 

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OPT Students: What to Do If Your Employer Closes During the Holidays

If you are an F-1 student participating in optional practical training (OPT) and your employer closes for an extended period during the winter holidays, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program does not consider this time as unemployment.

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A Health and Nutrition Employer’s Guide to Immigration Policy in a Trump Administration

After months of uncertainty during the campaign season, employers finally know that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. 

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Reminder: Submit a Complete Application for the STEM OPT Extension

If you are an F-1 international student applying for the 24-month science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) extension, you must submit a complete application package to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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