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OPT Rules and Requirements for F-1 Students

OPT Rules and Requirements for F-1 Students

International students in the U.S. in valid F-1 immigration status are permitted to work off-campus in optional practical training status. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization. Pre-completion OPT: […]

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Immigration Opportunity Untouched by the Trump Administration

Immigration Opportunity Untouched by the Trump Administration

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies have significantly affected immigration landscape of the United States and made it harder for certain groups of foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency in the U. S. This is especially true for low income immigrants, who are likely to become depended on the U.S. government for assistance (see our previous […]

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Immigrant vs. Nonimmigrant Visas

Immigrant vs. Nonimmigrant Visas

Under the current U.S. immigration system, all visas can be divided into two main categories: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. For many foreign nationals, these terms are subject to confusion. In short, a nonimmigrant visa means temporary. This category includes a broad variety of visas with a limited authorized period of stay. B-1/ B-2 Visitors […]

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NEW “Public Charge” Rule

NEW “Public Charge” Rule

Under current immigration law, a foreign national can be denied a Green Card if (s)he is likely to become a “public charge”, which means become dependent on the government. The rule used to apply only to immigrants who heavily relied on cash aid from the government. However, a new “public charge” rule, recently introduced by […]

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Why and How to Understand the Visa Bulletin?

Why and How to Understand the Visa Bulletin?

Every month the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin. It shows when you can file for Green Card and when you can actually receive Green Card. Understanding the Visa Bulletin can be confusing, but it is crucial to the Green Card process. The Visa Bulletin was created because the demand for immigrant […]

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