Be Careful of Immigration Scams

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USCIS issued a new warning about immigration scams. If someone calls you about an immigration application and asks for personal information or money to “fix” a problem with your application do not provide the information or a payment.  Instead report the call to USCIS.  For more information on immigration scams and how to report problems click on scams

Warning: If you are not a US citizen, do not register to vote!

You must be a US citizen to be able to vote in a US election.  If you are not a US citizen, do not register to vote in a US election, or in any way claim to be a US citizen.  If you claim to be a US citizen and you are not a US citizen, this may be a permanent bar to eligibility for almost and immigration benefit.  If you have been a permanent resident for five years ( three years if you are married to a US citizen) you may be eligible to apply for US citizenship.  To learn more about the requirements to apply for US citizenship see Apply for US Citizenship.

STEM OPT Deadline

STEM OPT Deadline

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If you are now on a 17-month OPT (optional Practical Training) extension, you may apply to extend your OPT period for an extra 7 months.  You must file form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) by August 8, 2016. This form must be signed and submitted with the correct fee. For more information on the 7-month extension see 7 Month Extension  The current filing fee for form I-765 is $385.  You should check the filing fee before sending your application because filing fees may  change.

The rules for STEM extension application changed in 2016.  The change allows those who qualify, to apply for a 24-month OPT extension.  Students who are currently on a 17-month STEM extension may apply for an additional 7 months, but must meet the August 8, 2016 deadline.  For more information on the 24-month OPT extension see STEM OPT.