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7 September 2017

Practical Training for STEM Graduates Survives Legal Challenge

  STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulations authorize a 24-month extension of work authorization for foreign students who will be employed in a STEM occupation by U.S. companies that participate in E-Verify. On April 19, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ... Read More

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30 May 2017

Recent Judicial Developments Bring Good News for Foreign Nationals

On April 19, 2017 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech, a union representing American workers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM, fields).  WashTech challenged the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulations allowing for ... Read More

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11 January 2017

H-1B Cap Season Underway

Kathleen Grzegorek

The H-1B filing window for fiscal year 2018 is set to open on April 3, 2017, much to the delight of many would-be H-1B workers with offers of employment in the United States.  A total of 85,000 H-1B visas are available under the statutory cap; 20,000 of which are set ... Read More

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13 June 2016

Extended Employment Opportunities for Foreign Students Come at a Price

Josie Gonzalez

Originally published March 18, 2016 On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation that extends the period of work authorization from a current 17-month period to 24 months for foreign students who will be employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations by U.S. ... Read More

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27 April 2016

STEM Workers Granted Extended Employment Authorization Period

Josie Gonzalez

Originally published March 18, 2016 On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation that extends the period of work authorization from its current 17-month period to 24 months for foreign students who will be employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations by U.S. ... Read More

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