IPO will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m., Campus Center Room 162-175 Panel discussion with Attorney Dan Berger from Curran & Berger LLP, Immigration Law to discuss hot topics in immigration. Possible topics include: OPT, Immigration Reform, Permanent Residency & DACA. Free Refreshments! Co-sponsored by: Student Affairs and Campus Life and International Programs Office
3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m., Mullins Center, Community Ice Rink FREE Ice Skating includes, admission, skate rentals & food! Co-sponsored by: Student Affairs & Campus Life, International Programs Office and Graduate Student Senate
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1: INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR
4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m., Blue Wall, Campus Center Enjoy great conversation meeting students and UMass staff over free coffee, tea and tasty snacks! Co-sponsored by: Student Affairs and Campus Life and International Programs Office
NEW STEM OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT) PROPOSED REGULATIONS
In October, 2015 new Federal regulations were proposed that would extend OPT for F-1 students who have received a US degree in a field in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) from the current 17-months, to a total of 24-months. This extension would come after the initial 12-months of post-completion OPT, thus allowing for a total OPT period of up to 36-months (3-years).
This new proposal has not yet been authorized and if approved, would take effect later in 2016. Until further notice, eligible STEM students may only receive the current 17-month STEM OPT extension. Read more.
Beginning May 29, 2015, an F-2 dependent may study part-time in any certified program at an SEVP-certified school. Previously, an adult dependent who studied in an academic or vocational curriculum (English as a second language or a graduate level course, for example) might have been noncompliant with the conditions of nonimmigrant status. Now, an F-2 dependent may engage in a course of study that does not amount to what regulations define as full-time for an F-1 student. An F-2 dependent is a spouse or minor child of the F-1 student who meets all of the following conditions:
·Has been issued a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”
·Has an F-2 visa
·Has been admitted to the United States in F-2 status or applied for and been granted a change of status to F-2 in the United States by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
An F-2 dependent who engages in post-secondary part-time study must attend an SEVP-certified school, and the program of study must be in the school’s SEVP certification. Online classes alone will always be less than a full course of study for F-1 students, and so are permissible for an F-2 dependent at the postsecondary level. An F-2 dependent may enroll in a combination of online and in-person classes that is less than a full course of study as defined by regulations governing F-1 students.
For additional information please contact the IPO.