A substantially revised STEM optional practical training (OPT) program took effect on May 10, 2016. The new program expands OPT to 36 months for F-1 students with a qualifying U.S. STEM degree – 12 months of initial OPT plus a 24-month extension of OPT – but imposes significant new obligations on students, employers and schools. In this course, Fragomen attorneys Molly Carey and Erin Brummer discuss the changes that this revised program entails and their potential impact on both employers and students.
Erin Brummer is an Associate in Fragomen, Del Rey, Bersen and Loewy, LLP's Boston office, where she works with clients across a variety of industries, including premier high-technology corporations. She has represented corporate and individual clients on a wide array of immigration matters, encompassing nonimmigrant petitions for a number of visa categories, and employment and family-based immigrant visa applications. Prior to joining the firm, Erin worked with a Boston-based law firm, where she focused on preparing extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher petitions, national interest waivers, nonimmigrant visa petitions and adjustment of status applications. She has experience working with clients spanning a broad range of industries, including healthcare, research and development organizations, and retail fashion conglomerates. Erin is also a Pro Bono Coordinator in Fragomen’s Boston office, where she works with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) to help unaccompanied minors obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She also provides immigration legal services to the Irish International Immigrant Center for a variety of applications and petitions.
Molly A. Carey is an Associate in Fragomen, Del Rey, Bersen and Loewy, LLP's Boston office, where she serves large and small corporate clients. Her practice concerns all aspects of employment-based immigration, including labor certification applications, outstanding researcher and extraordinary ability petitions, adjustment of status applications and nonimmigrant visa applications. She advises companies and their employees on a variety of issues, including immigration consequences of corporate mergers and acquisitions, I-9 employment verification, and employees’ maintenance of status, travel and portability. She has practiced immigration law at firms in Boston and Chicago. Molly has also provided pro bono services including the preparation of VAWA and U Visa applications through a local domestic violence agency. She has also served as co-chair and moderator of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) Immigration Conference in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. While in law school, Molly served as Editor of the Women’s Law Caucus Digest and as a Student Representative for the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic.
Thorough, detailed, and well-paced conversation about a substantially altered STEM optional practical training (OPT) program and Cap-Gap regulation (effective May 10, 2016). This presentation comprehensively discusses the changes involving this revised program and, importantly, their potential impact on employers as well as students.
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