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F-1 Post-Completion OPT & Unpaid Internships


Now more than ever, F-1 students with OPT employment are facing high levels of scrutiny upon the filing of H-1B petitions requesting a change of status and/or STEM extensions.

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5 Tips how to answer an OPT/CPT RFE

Recently we have handled many RFEs (Request for Evidence) cases on OPT (Optional Practical Training) , H1B and H4 EAD RFEs based on OPT or CPT (Curriculum Practical Training). 

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Can I travel outside the US while on OPT or STEM OPT?

If you leave the US in F-1 OPT or STEM OPT status, you should be aware of the following requirements for reentry to the US.

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Tech industry backs OPT extension for foreign graduates

A group that lobbies for tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Apple, has voiced its support for a little-known visa program that helps foreign students in the U.S. join the high-tech workforce and is facing a legal challenge.

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Know the Law: Applying for a STEM extension

 I have a student visa and I am working in Optional Practical Training (OPT) after receiving my master’s degree.

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Slowdown in rate of growth of international students applying to work in US

International students aren’t applying to stay in the US to work as much as they used to, data from Pew Research Center showed.

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Employers: STEM OPT Reporting Requirements


Employers play a key role in maintaining and strengthening the integrity of the STEM OPT extension program. Although compliance with the program’s various reporting requirements predominately apply to students and DSOs,

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STEM OPT Employer Requirements and Responsibilities

If you are an employer who wants to provide a practical training opportunity to a STEM OPT student during their extension, you must:

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USCIS Takes About-Face on Third-Party Placement for STEM OPT Extensions

USCIS has updated its website regarding STEM OPT Students working at third-party sites. I’ll be going live on Facebook today, August 17, 2018 at 12:00 Central time to discuss at https://www.facebook.com/rnlawgroupUS/

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Growth in international graduates on OPT has “slowed dramatically”


A record number of international graduates of US institutions were authorised to work in the country through the Optional Practical Training program in 2017, but growth has “slowed dramatically” in comparison to recent years according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

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