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Monday, October 28, 2013

STEM OPT 17 month Extension Before Graduation For Thesis Writers

The USCIS released a policy memorandum which clarifies the situation where the applicant requests a 17 month STEM OPT extension prior to graduation where there is a thesis requirement to  be fulfilled. The October 6, 2013 memorandum allows F-1 students who are engaging in post- completion OPT to be eligible for a 17-month STEM extension even if they have not yet completed the thesis requirement or equivalent for their STEM degree.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

E-Verify Returns from the Shutdown

E-Verify is now back online.  The USCIS has provided guidance for the creation of an E-Verify case for those employees hired during the shutdown for whom the E-Verify system was unavailable:
"You must create an E-Verify case for each employee hired during or otherwise affected by the shutdown by November 5, 2013. If you are prompted to provide a reason why the case is late (i.e., does not conform to the three-day rule), select ‘Other’ from the drop-down list of reasons and enter ‘federal government shutdown’ in the field."

Other procedures such as Tentative Nonconfirmations, Final Nonconfirmations, with regards to both the employer and employee responsibilities,  were affected and discussed by USCIS in this Adobe document.