Understanding Recent Changes for International Students

Posted by Donald GrossJan 12, 20240 Comments

Are you planning to study in the United States? Whether you are pursuing academic or vocational studies, USCIS has rolled out immediate changes effective from December 20, 2023, impacting applications filed thereafter. These updates replace previous guidelines.

Key Highlights of the new Police Guidance:

  • Residency Requirements Clarification: F and M students are required to maintain a foreign residence they don't plan to abandon, even if pursuing permanent labor or immigrant visa applications. They can demonstrate intent to leave after a temporary stay.
  • Extension of Practical Training (OPT) for STEM Degrees: Guidelines now permit F-1 students with STEM degrees to work for startup companies during OPT extensions. Conditions include adherence to training plans, good standing with E-Verify, and providing fair compensation compared to U.S. workers.
  • Student Classifications: F-1 and M-1 classifications enable noncitizens to enroll as full-time students in various academic institutions or recognized vocational programs in the United States including college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, language training program, established vocational or other recognized nonacademic programs, other than language training programs.

Let Donald Gross Law be your guide as you pursue your educational goals in the US.