12 Best STEM Colleges For International Students: Why A Tech Education Matters

By Sarah Munir The U.S. is fast becoming the destination of choice for an increasing number of foreign undergraduate students. International student enrollment in stateside universities has increased by 42% over the past five years, soaring from 784,481 international students in...

Final Rule on F-1 OPT STEM Extension Effective May 10, 2016

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published as a Final Rule new regulations extending the F-1 Student Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM extension to a full 24 months following the normal 12-month period of work authorization generally...

New U.S. Rule Extends Stay for Some Foreign Graduates

By LIZ ROBBINS Shruthi Aramandla’s education and her job are geared to New York City’s skyline. She did not want to go back to her native India and start all over again. Ms. Aramandla, 24, who has a master’s degree from the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University, has...

A phony STEM shortage and the scandal of engineering visas — how American jobs get outsourced

Michael Hiltzik The Economy Hub Perrero’s story is becoming woefully familiar — in fact, several congressional committees have been hearing testimony like it for more than a year. It’s the story of how a visa program designed to allow high-tech companies to find...

17-Month OPT STEM Extension rule remains in place until May 10, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the U.S. 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...

More immigrants pursuing STEM careers, report says

A growing number of immigrants are pursuing careers in science and engineering in the United States, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation. An estimated 5.2 million, or 18 percent, of the country’s 29 million scientists and engineers were immigrants in 2013...

Proposed Changes to STEM OPT Regulations

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to provide a longer period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization to certain qualifying F-1 students. The proposed rule change will allow F-1...

F-1 OPT STEM Extensions Unchanged by Court Order

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Interim Final Rule to extend the period of F-1 post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 months to 29 months for graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). On...

I spent the last 15 years trying to become an American. I’ve failed.

I have lived in America for the past 15 years. I have two Ivy League degrees. And I am on the verge of deportation. Despite being an “honorary American,” as I have often jokingly introduced myself, I am in fact a citizen of New Zealand. I was 18 years old when I first...

WANTED: Great STEM and Tandoori Chicken

By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta There is no doubt that a Startup Visa would unleash amazing entrepreneurial activity in the United States, which would result in many jobs. The latest version of the Startup Visa Act 3.0 would provide 75,000 visas to individual who are already...
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