» USCIS Proposed New Rule Providing 24 Month STEM Extension

USCIS Proposed New Rule Providing 24 Month STEM Extension

Dallas immigration lawyers

Dallas immigration lawyers - Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2015 – A proposed new rule would expand work authorization for F-1 foreign students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the proposed rule Oct. 19, 2015. The proposed rule allows eligible foreign students to extend their F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) for 24 months beyond the usual 12-month OPT period, provided certain requirements are met. This is a change from a 2008 rule that had permitted a 17-month extension.

“While the proposed regulations extend STEM employment authorization to 24 months yielding a total of 36 months of OPT for STEM graduates, the proposed regulations add complexity,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “If implemented as written, an employer must create formal mentoring and training plans as a school extension instead of simply providing work experience to STEM graduates. While many employers may be willing to do this, some may balk at being a university extension instead of live on the job training.”

The original rule allowing the extension of F-1 OPT by 17 months for certain STEM students was introduced and implemented in April 2008, with no notice and comment period. In 2014, a lawsuit alleged that DHS failed to follow its required notice and comment procedures for new rules. Also in 2014, President Obama announced executive actions on immigration, which included directing that OPT rules allow additional STEM OPT time. The new proposed rule is a response to these challenges.

In addition to the 24 month STEM OPT extension period, the proposed rule requires that employers eligible under the program be enrolled in the E-Verify system and institute a formal training program for the 24-month extension. The proposed rule also provides a clearer definition of the STEM fields, and maintains cap-gap protection for F-1 students whose employment authorization ends before a successful H-1B petition change of status period is to begin.

By Appointment Only
Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 900
Dallas, TX 75240
http://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com

  • CRS Examines Per Country Immigration Limits in Employment Based Immigration
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on the employment-based immigration process on December 21, 2018, recommending the removal of per-country ceilings on visa numbers, or caps, for employment-based prospective immigrants applying for lawful permanent resident status. As background, the current U.S. immigration systems allots a maximum 7 percent quota to each country for ...
  • Court Enjoins Pentagon Policy on Permanent Residents Serving in the U.S. Military
    On November 30, 2018, a federal court enjoined a Trump administration policy adopted last year that called for enhanced background checks for lawful permanent residents wanting to serve in the U.S. military. The extra vetting in addition to biometrics screening and other existing requirements caused long delays that have prevented potential recruits from reporting for ...
  • U.S. employers to DHS: We have a ‘disruptive lack of clarity’ in how DHS decides H-1B petitions
    A coalition of U.S. employers is taking a stand against the difficulties created by the Trump administration’s crackdown on H-1B visas. On November 1, 2018, Compete America sent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a letter alleging that USCIS’ inconsistent approach to deciding H-1B petitions was “leaving employers ...

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required