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F-1 Student Visa, Optional Practical Training Risks Continue

Monday, November 19, 2018
Although there have been discussions for some time that the Trump Administration would change the rules regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT), OPT did not show up in the most recent “regulatory agenda.”

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This information is only for individuals in F-1 and J-1 status who are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes.

This information is only for individuals in F-1 and J-1 status who are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes.

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Regaining F-1 Status

You are maintaining lawful status if you are making normal progress toward completing a course of study and complying with the immigration regulations outlined below.

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How to Extend Your F-1 Student Visa

If you are here in the United States as an F-1 student, it is important to understand when you need to request an extension of your status, and how to do so.

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United States: The F-1 Visa – Privileged U.S. Tax Status And How To Keep It

Foreign students leaving their home country and arriving in the U.S. for higher education may come across many things that seem alien to them – like the accent, culture, (inexplicably large) food portions, etc. But one area where they are treated as the aliens is under U.S.

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USCIS Denying Change Of Status For F-1 Students With Over 12 Months Of Curricular Practical Training

An F-1 student who has received more than 12 months of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may be found by United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), to have violated F-1 status and thus ineligible to be granted a change of status in the US. 

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F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018

F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018

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F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018

F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remains pending on Oct. 1, 2018, risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after Oct. 1 

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New bill in US Congress seeks to allow F-1 visa holders to apply for green card

A new bill in the United States Congress seeks to allow students on F-1 visas to seek permanent resident status “while a student or during Optional Practical Training.”

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Final guidance on unlawful presence for F-1 students takes effect with only one minor change

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised final policy memorandum (PDF, 129 KB) related to unlawful presence after considering feedback 
received during a 30-day public comment period that ended June 11, 2018.

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