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December 11, 2018
Want to hear about the latest news from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)? Don’t miss the Winter 2018 SEVP InFocus Webinar on Wednesday...
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May 31, 2016
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requires employers with international students participating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) extension to answer four specific questions when developing a Form I-983, “Training Plan for...
Biologist Working in a Laboratory.
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...

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