Tag Archives: STEM

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Present At Career Issues in Art and Design Conference (CIAD)

Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Kate Kalmykov and Nataliya Rymer, recently presented at the 2016 CIAD Conference hosted at the New School in New York City.  Attended by representatives including ISOs and DSOs from over 25 educational institutions across the East Coast, this two day event provided insight on career issues in arts and design.  Kalmykov and … Continue Reading

DHS Set to Publish Final Rule Allowing Further STEM OPT Extensions for Foreign Students

Today DHS released an advanced copy of its final rule allowing foreign students with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an additional 24 months.  DHS will publish the final rule in the Federal Register this Friday.  The rule will go into effect on May 10.  … Continue Reading

DHS Granted Extension to May 10, 2016 to Implement New F-1 STEM OPT Program

On Jan. 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) additional time–until May 10, 2016–before the court’s vacatur of the 2008, 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Extension rule would go into effect. DHS requested this additional time to review more than 50,000 comments it received in response … Continue Reading

DHS Seeks Additional Extension for STEM OPT Rule Beyond Feb. 12, 2016

In August 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia determined that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) improperly promulgated the regulation allowing the 17-month STEM extension for optional practical training (OPT) because the regulation was not subject to notice and comment rulemaking, which requires DHS to consider public comments before making the … Continue Reading

Summary: Notice of Proposed Rule for STEM OPT Extension

On October 19, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued the long awaited notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations to allow for an extension of a student’s Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) period for an additional 24 months if the student has met the requirements.  The proposed rule is in … Continue Reading

Federal Court Decision on F-1 Work Authorization Poses Massive Headaches for Employers Unless USCIS Implements A New Rule In The Next 6 Months

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia significantly curtailed immigration benefits for foreign students in the United States on F-1 visas. In her opinion in the case Washington Alliance of Technology Workers vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle invalidated USCIS’s 2008 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) … Continue Reading

Legislative Roundup: Business-Related Immigration Bills in the 114th Congress

Congressional efforts to pass sweeping immigration reform have stalled following the 2013 Senate passage of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. But lawmakers continue to press the case that our system of employment-based immigration merits congressional attention. A quick survey of legislation introduced during the first session of the 114th Congress … Continue Reading

D.C. Federal Court Allows IT Worker Lawsuit Over Optional Practical Training Program

A lawsuit brought by a union and several IT workers concerning the legality of the student visa work program known as Optional Practical Training (OPT) was given the go-ahead by federal district court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, following her denial of the Department of Homeland Security’s motion to dismiss the claim for lack of standing. … Continue Reading

STEM Jobs Act May Be On the Horizon

U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is expected to announce legislation that would make lawful permanent resident status available to over 50,000 foreign nationals with advanced degrees in the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering or math - in a closely watched measure that would eliminate the current diversity visa lottery.… Continue Reading
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