Final Rule Increasing OPT For STEM Students Released

The final rule was release today, March 9, 2016, this document is unpublished on the Federal Register, but on 03/11/2016 it is scheduled to be published and available. Until then, you can see the pre-publication PDF version here: Final OPT STEM rule. The rule will go into effect in May. The highlight of the new… Continue reading Final Rule Increasing OPT For STEM Students Released

STEM OPT Rule Update

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will have 90 additional days to revise the F-1 STEM OPT rule. The original rule, allowing for 17 months of additional OPT time if the student was in a STEM field, was order to be vacated as of February 12, 2016. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted DHS’s… Continue reading STEM OPT Rule Update

District Court Determines that Technology Union has Standing to Sue

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently determined that a union that represents technology workers has standing to sue the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the basis that these workers were harmed by the U.S. Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) STEM extension program. In Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department… Continue reading District Court Determines that Technology Union has Standing to Sue

President Obama to announce Executive Action on Thurs. Nov 20th

The White House has announced that President Obama will proclaim the executive actions he will take on immigration tomorrow night at 8pm eastern.  Proponents of business reforms should expect to be disappointed as it is not believed that he will take any action to address retrogression. However, it is expected that he will extend the STEM OPT period for US graduates.… Continue reading President Obama to announce Executive Action on Thurs. Nov 20th