Category Archives: F-1 International students- CPT/OPT and STEM OPT

  1. USCIS Announces That F-1 Students Can File OPT And STEM OPT Applications Online

    On April 12, 2021 USCIS announced that F-1 students can file OPT and STEM OPT applications online using form I-765. This applies to the following applications: Pre-completion OPT; Post completion OPT; and 24- month extension of OPT known as STEM OPT. USCIS has also warned that anyone else that attempts to file I-765 online that…

  2. Day 1 CPT Revisited

    2 years ago I wrote an article on the problems of taking Day 1 CPT and thought it was time to revisit this issue. Click here to see my previous article. At the time of writing my previous article, USCIS was taking a very firm stand on Day 1 CPT cases.  In fact, students applying…

  3. Frequently Asked Questions For International Students

    With the COVID-19 emergency guidelines in place and the current Trump administration, it can be very difficult to keep up with the applicable immigration laws, the Department of Homeland security (DHS)’s notices and the Presidential Proclamations. If you are an international student, you not only have to focus on your classes but also have to…

  4. Trump Administration Agrees To Drop New F-1/M-1 Rule, Allowing Students To Study Online For The Fall Semester

    On Monday, July 6, 2020 SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program (a division of ICE) announced that students taking a full online course load in the fall semester are not allowed to remain in the US. This new rule was a departure from a previous exemption announced in March 2020, allowing students to study online…

  5. ICE: International Students May Have To Go Back To Their Home Country If Their Classes Go Online Only This Fall

    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is modifying the temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The modifications include the following: Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United…

  6. Employment Options For International Students

    There are a number of potential options for International students on an F-1 student visa to gain work experience that is directly related to their field of study. On-campus employment On-campus employment is permitted once classes have started provided it is on the school’s premises or at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with…

  7. CPT and H-1B General Information

    Filing for H-1B change of status while working as F-1 student under Curricular Practical Training (CPT) The regulations allow international student visa holders (F-1 students) to participate in practical training and accept employment while still under F-1 status if the F-1 students have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis in a qualified educational institution…

  8. Why Day 1 CPT Is Not A Good Idea And Can Cause More Problems Than It Solves

    Recently I have found myself regularly consulting with clients on the pros and cons of taking day 1 CPT to enable a student to continue working. The typical scenario is when a student has exhausted their OPT/STEM OPT options and wants to continue working for the same employer. There are a handful of Universities offering…

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