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New STEM OPT Regulations - March 15, 2016

On Friday, March 11, 2016 the Dept. of Homeland Security published the final rule implementing new STEM OPT regulations to be effective on May 10, 2016. Details can be found here.

ISSO Closed Friday, March 18, 2016

The ISSO will be closed on Friday, March 18, 2016, 9am-5pm. The ISSO will reopen for normal business hours Monday, March 21 at 9am. If there is an immigration related emergency during this time, please email your ISSO adviser and list "EMERGENCY" in the subject of the email.

H-1B Processing Slowdown with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), January 21, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is backlogged in processing all H-1B petitions. It is taking approximately 8 months for the USCIS to approve an H-1B petition. Details can be found here.

U.S. District Court Ruling on OPT STEM, August 12, 2015

On Wednesday, August 12, a US District Court issued a decision affecting the work authorization of F-1 students extending their Optional Practical Training (OPT) beyond 12 months based on a STEM degree. Details can be found here.

New Policy for Shortening J-1 Programs - April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Guidance Directive notifying institutions of new procedures for J-1 exchange visitors who complete their programs early. Details can be found here.

ISD Launch for H-1B Requests - April 6, 2015

The ISSO is pleased to announce that the online visa request system- International Scholar Dossier (ISD) – will go live with processing H-1B requests April 6, 2015. Additional information can be found here.

Regulatory Changes for J-Exchange Visitors, November 20, 2014

In October, the United States Department of State published a substantial change to J-regulations with the intention of better protecting program participants.  A summary of the changes that directly affect J-1 and J-2 holders and their hosts can be found here.