Cap Gap Extension is Now Automaticaly Added to the Record of F-1 Students

Those who just won the H-1B lottery will receive some more good news. Cap gap Extension is a benefit that many F-1 students take advatange of as a beneficiary of a receipted H-1B petition. The benefit helps those whose F-1 status is expiring between April 1 and September 29, and extends their F-1 and, if eligible, OPT to September 30 so that there is no gap between the end of their F-1 and the...

Flexibilities Announced for OPT Applicants

Many F-1 students were not able to complete the full 12 month of post completion OPT due to significant delays at USCIS and volume delays at USPS. By law, they are supposed to complete the 12 month OPT within 14 months from the end of their program. However, the delay has reduced their full OPT potential due to no fault of their own. As a cure, USCIS will allow the 14-month period to commence...

OPT and STEM OPT Ruled Valid

Foreign students can breathe a sigh of relief as a US District Court Judge concluded that DHS did not exceed its statutory authority under the INA in issuing the 2016 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) rule, and thus found that both the 12-month OPT and the STEM OPT extension programs are lawful. OPT grants foreign student upon graduation the opportunity to work lawfully for one year and...