Immigration Law

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Cyrus Mehta on STEM Expansion, EB Visa Petition Transfers
Posted on 25 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bender's Immigration Bulletin Editorial Board Member Cyrus D. Mehta has two new blog posts online: Expansion of STEM Practical Training and Broadening of O-1A Standards Allows Foreign Talented Students to Contribute to the US Even If Rejected in... Read More

Save Optional Practical Training for Foreign Students - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, July 8, 2019 "DHS promulgated the F-1 STEM optional practical training (OPT) benefit, with the publication of the “24-month STEM OPT Rule” that became effective on May 10, 2016. See 81 FR 13039 . This rule has been the... Read More

Can a STEM OPT Student Be Employed At A Third Party Client Site? - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina
Posted on 14 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, June 13, 2016 - " The most frequently asked question in response to my recent blog entitled, “A Closer Look At The Form I-983 – Training Plan for STEM OPT Students” , is whether a STEM OPT student can be employed... Read More

Tags: opt , mehta , pestaina , STEM

A Closer Look At The Form I-983 Training Plan for STEM OPT Students - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina
Posted on 27 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Apr. 27, 2016 - "In order to obtain this new 24-month STEM OPT, the employer must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and be enrolled in and using the E-Verify program at the STEM OPT worksite. The employment opportunity... Read More

Tags: opt , mehta , pestaina , training , STEM , i-983

Opportunity Knocks in Disappointing Decision Vacating STEM OPT Rule for Foreign Students - Cyrus D. Mehta
Posted on 16 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"WashTec may have successfully been able to obtain a vacatur of the 2008 rule effective February 12, 2016, but theirs is only a Pyrrhic victory since the court has essentially endorsed the legality of both the 12 month practical training periods... Read More

Tags: opt , mehta , washtec , STEM

Cyrus D. Mehta - Suffocating The Foreign Entrepreneur Under The New STEM OPT Rule
Posted on 22 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Mar. 21, 2016 - "F-1 employers must attest that the F-1 employee is paid a salary commensurate with similarly situated workers and that: “(1) it has sufficient resources and trained personnel available to provide appropriate... Read More

Cyrus D. Mehta on Possible STEM OPT Extension
Posted on 16 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Senator Grassley’s latest angry missive to the DHS protests the proposed increase of F-1 student Optional Practical Training (OPT), which was part of President Obama’s executive actions of November 20, 2014. While the Senator’s... Read More

Tags: opt , mehta , STEM

STEM Green Card vs. Green Card Lottery
Posted on 22 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he green card lottery is reminiscent of what America used to be without a formal immigration program. Immigrants who came to America through the centuries were like the plucky green card lottery winners of today. They took a chance and came to... Read More

Tags: mehta , lottery , STEM

Wanted: Great STEM...and Tandoori Chicken
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Reforming a broken system, which includes legalizing the 10 million plus undocumented immigrants in the US, as well as providing quicker and more sensible pathways to legal status, could unleash even greater wealth. Immigrants of all stripes are... Read More