Tag Archives: Optional Practical Training

New Regulations for Immigrant Workers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally published its new regulation “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Non-Immigrant Workers” which will take effect on January 17, 2017. Unlike several of President Obama’s recent executive orders, which many fear will be cancelled or modified once President-Elect Trump takes […]

| Employment Authorization, Immigrant, Nonimmigrant

Amended STEM/OPT Regulations

On March 11, 2016 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published amended regulations on optional practical training for certain individual students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education which will go into effect on May 10, 2016. Some key provisions include: STEM extensions valid 24 months Employers must […]

| Employment Authorization, Nonimmigrant

No Changes Yet in OPT/STEM Extensions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on January 23, 2016 to allow the DHS to continue the current OPT/STEM extension program until May 10, 2016 despite a rigorous challenge by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers. This is a major relief both for U.S. employers and affected F-1 students. Before this […]

| Employment Authorization, Nonimmigrant

How do I start my own business?

Q: I recently graduated from a U.S. university and would like to start my own business. I have been told that it might be difficult under the current immigration laws. Is there any hope?  A: It is true that under the current immigration law, your options are very limited if you want to start your […]

| Nonimmigrant