Tuesday, April 24, 2018

STEM OPT Under Siege for Third Party Placements

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Eddie Corona

Without any warning, USCIS has re-interpreted the STEM OPT Rule from 2016 to eliminate third party placements and product implementations at a client’s worksite. The current STEM OPT regulations at 8 CFR 214.2(f) do not have any explicit bars to employers placing their STEM OPT employees off-site.

While USCIS seems to have made this change on January 24, 2018, the effects of this change only now seem to be coming to light. This is most likely because this was not issued as a policy memorandum, but rather USCIS simply changed its website.

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