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Visas Issued Stand at a Five Year High

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The latest statistics for the number of visas issued at foreign service posts points to a large spike in volume. While not all visa categories show increases in the total number of visas issued, substantial differences appear in immigrant visas issued for the immediate family and family sponsored preference visas. Both of these statistics provide a positive outlook for families and individuals involved in the visa process.

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What You Should Know About the New STEM OPT Rule

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Beginning May 10, 2016, new rules will take effect that will update the regulations surrounding the F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Most individuals with F-1 student visas are eligible to remain in the United States for up to 12 months after graduation. The OPT program allows certain foreign national students who are working toward their STEM degrees and new STEM graduates with F-1 student visas to extend their time in the United States by an additional 17 months in order to obtain on the job training in their field. The new rule will allow eligible STEM grads to extend their stay by an additional 24 months instead.

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