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On August 17, 2018, USCIS Acknowledged that STEM OPT Is Possible for Third-Party Placement

On August 17, 2018, USCIS Acknowledged that STEM OPT Is Possible for Third-Party Placement By: Roujin Mozaffarimehr On August 17, 2018, the USCIS issued an announcement clarifying and revising two points with regard to reporting responsibilities and worksite locations for Optional Practical Training for STEM Students (STEM OPT). Reporting obligations: Employers are now required to…

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USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday, July 13, 2018, the USCIS announced its rescission of the long-standing policy memorandum (PM), “Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny” (2013 PM) which detailed the parameters surrounding an officer’s discretion to…

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USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Requiring the Issuance of NTAs Following Certain Case Denials

USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Requiring the Issuance of NTAs Following Certain Case Denials By Roujin Mozaffarimehr Although the immigration court backlog has exceeded 700,000 cases as of May 2018[1], on June 28, 2018, the USCIS issued a guidance regarding Notices to Appear (NTAs), the charging document issued by DHS that schedules a foreign national…

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