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New STEM OPT Rules Starting May 2016

Beginning on May 10, 2016, F-1 students graduating with a U.S. bachelor’s or master’s degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subject are eligible for 24-month OPT (Optional Practical Training). This is an increase from the duration, which provides for a 12-month initial OPT plus a 17-month extension. Applications submitted and approved prior to […]

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What to Expect in With the FY2016 H1B Visa Lottery

As you probably know, Congress allocates 65,000 H-1B visas every fiscal year plus an additional 20,000 visas for beneficiaries who received a U.S. master’s degree or higher. The window for petitioners/employer to file an H-1B petition this fiscal year is April 1, 2016 and, assuming that the number of applications exceeds the quota, USCIS will […]

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Guide to Applying for an H1B Visa in 2015

Wit the start of a new year comes the start of a new opportunity for U.S. employers to file H-1B visa petitions on behalf of foreign nationals in specialized occupations. We at Maximilian Law Inc. have written several posts over the past few years on various issues involving the H-1B visa. Below are links to […]

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| Posted in H-1B, Nurses, OPT, Physical Therapists, Students, U.S. Immigration, Uncategorized, Work Visa |

Work Visa Options for Graduating F-1 and M-1 International Students

With graduation season just around the corner, it’s time to look at visa options for graduating international students. If you are in the United States on an F-1 or M-1 visa from a SEVIS school, you should be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT allows F-1 or M-1 graduates to work in the United […]

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Logistical Considerations for F-1 Students and Optional Practical Training (OPT)

  There are several deadlines to consider in handling an OPT application: Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(11)(i)(B)(2) “[f]or post-completion OPT, the student must properly file his or her Form I-765 up to 90 days prior to his or her program end-date and no later than 60 days after his or her program end-date. The […]

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F-1 Student Visa

There are over 10,000 SEVIS-approved schools in the United States, and over 700,000 active students from outside of the United States. Most of these students are either on an F-1 or M-1 visa. While these visas are rather simple to get, there are a few things you should consider. If you are coming to the […]

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