USCIS Policy Changes Put STEM Students On Shaky Footing

Law360 (July 25, 2018, 6:35 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently made it more difficult for certain international STEM students to obtain postgraduate temporary work authorization, forcing employers to either prepare to shoulder additional legal burdens on behalf of their foreign hires or look elsewhere to fill specialized roles, attorneys say.

In April, the agency made unannounced updates to its website indicating that its interpretation of a 2016 rule establishing the so-called STEM optional practical training program for F-1 student visa holders had changed.

The program has given science, technology, engineering and math students work authorization for up to 24 months after graduating if they jointly...

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