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ICE OPT Enforcement Actions

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday preliminary results from Operation OPTical Illusion, a law enforcement operation targeting nonimmigrant students who fraudulently used the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to remain in the United States... The operation
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Online Coursework Taken Abroad Under School COVID-19 Policies

On the night of March 12, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) provided NAFSA with the following statement: “SEVP is committed to remaining flexible in allowing schools to make temporary procedural adaptations so nonimmigrant students can continue to make normal forward progress in
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Practice Advisory on FY 2021 F-1 Cap-Gap

Summary. For the Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B cap season, employers wanting to file a cap-subject H-1B petition had to first submit registrations during a March 1 to March 20, 2020 registration period, naming and paying a $10 registration fee for each individual they hope to file for. USCIS then conducted
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Upload of STEM OPT Form I-983 Training Plans in SEVIS Release 6.49

Beginning with SEVIS Release 6.49 (scheduled release date November 17, 2019), DSOs will be able to upload Form I-983 training plans in SEVIS when recommending initial STEM OPT, adding a STEM employer, and at the 12 and 24 month self-evaluation reporting periods. View SEVP's: SEVIS Release 6.49
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STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

Since the 24-month STEM OPT rule became effective on May 10, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security has had authority to conduct site visits of STEM OPT employers. In late summer, 2019, a number of law firms and news outlets reported that although DHS has had this authority since 2016, it has
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