• Immigration Update: Rule Changes for International Student Workers
  • June 16, 2016 | Authors: Anton F. Mertens; Anna L. Scully
  • Law Firms: Burr & Forman LLP - Atlanta Office ; Burr & Forman LLP - Mobile Office
  • Many of our clients employ international students in a status known as "F-1/OPT," which is "Optional Practical Training," a program similar to an internship that allows international students to get practical work experience during or at the end of their university studies. Many of these students have degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics, known as "STEM" degrees. As of May 10, 2016, the U.S. Government is implementing new rules that allow these students to work for longer periods of time, but with additional requirements on the companies that employ them as explained below.