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March 16, 2018
If you are an F-1 international student on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) or an M-1 international student participating in...
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May 17, 2016
Students with existing 17-month STEM OPT EADs may no longer apply to transition their EAD to the 24-month STEM OPT EAD.  If you are a current 17-month STEM OPT participant who applied for the additional seven months by the August 8, 2016 deadline and have questions about the status of your...
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May 12, 2016
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiles the STEM Designated Degree Program List based on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) definition of a “science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.”DHS uses this list to determine...
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May 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new 24-month optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees is in effect starting today, May 10, 2016. This rule replaces the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension. The...
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May 4, 2016
This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration hosts National Small Business Week to recognize the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States, who “create 21st century jobs, drive innovation and increase America’s global competitiveness.”The areas of...