STEM OPT Regulations One Year Later: Policy and Practice Updates - Recording (.MP3)

STEM OPT Regulations One Year Later: Policy and Practice Updates - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 5/9/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2017-05-09-DL

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented major changes to Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions for F-1 students with post-degree completion from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic programs. The panelists will discuss the practical implications of these changes from the perspectives of both students and employers. Panelists also will share lessons learned to achieve the maximum benefit allowed. Finally, they will review strategies to assist those F-1 STEM students eligible under the new regulations, and discuss the intricacies in filing for H-1B (or other nonimmigrant or immigrant status) in connection with STEM OPT.

Featured Topics

  • Changes in the New STEM OPT Regulations
  • How Is USCIS Monitoring the New Employer Obligations and Restrictions Under the New Regulations?
  • What Are Employers and Educational Institutions Doing to Fulfill the Obligations Under the New Regulations?
  • A Practical Guide to Preparing Form I-983
  • How to Manage New Restrictions on STEM OPT Employees

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Scott F. Cooper (DL), Madison, WI
Scott F. Cooper is a sole practitioner based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is admitted to the practice of law in the states of Illinois, Michigan, New York and Wisconsin as well as in the US District and Supreme Courts. Scott has served as a chapter officer for the Chicago Chapter and as chair of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and on AILA committees. He is a former chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the IIT/Chicago-Kent and University of Detroit Mercy Schools of Law and for the Illinois and Michigan Institutes of Continuing Legal Education. Scott has been listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Best Lawyers, SuperLawyers, dBusiness Top Lawyers, and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has edited or authored publications for or presented at meetings of organizations including AILA, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Employee Relocation Council, Immigration Briefings, and the Society of Human Resource Managers.

Susan C. Ellison, Hanover, NH
Susan C. Ellison is the Director of the Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The Office of Visa and Immigration Services provides immigration services for international students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining Dartmouth in October 2010, Susan was a Partner with Fragomen's Boston, Massachusetts office. Susan also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School, where she taught a course in Business Immigration Law.

Gwyneth A. Smith, New York, NY
Gwyneth A. Smith, Associate Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University Medical Center, has been working in the field of International Education for 14 years. Gwyneth is responsible for immigration-related matters for the F-1 student population and H-1B scholar/employees on Columbia's Medical Center campus. Gwyneth is also proficient in J-1 Exchange Visitor matters. She holds both an M.A. in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies, through the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and an Ed.M. in International Educational Development, focusing on policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Throughout this time she has presented at numerous local, regional, and national NAFSA conferences and at various One To World meetings. Gwyneth has trained all levels on both F-1 and J-1 regulations. Gwyneth previously served as both Student and Scholar Regulatory Ombudsman and is currently chair for NAFSA's Region X.

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