Effect of ACICS Loss of Accreditation on STEM OPT

By: Ana Tsareva On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision affects more than 16,000 international students in the U.S. attending nearly 130 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools and programs […]
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STEM OPT Extension Rule Survives Legal Challenge

By: Gladys V. Gervacio, Esq The rule that allows international students who graduate with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees to work in the U.S. for up to three years survived a legal challenge. Plaintiffs The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers argued that the rule that created the optional practical training (OPT) program allows employers […]
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