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  1. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: LUC RICHARD MBAH A MOUTE - BASKETBALL PLAYER

    by , 04-05-2008 at 08:24 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    USC - You'll be glad to know my Immigrant of the Day hiatus is over. I needed a break for a few weeks from the feature and now am ready to resume.
    And what better way than by featuring Cameroon native Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the star player for the UCLA Bruins who will take the court in San Antonio in a few hours to compete against the University of Memphis for a spot in Monday's NCAA Championship game. He's already won the Freshman of the Year honors in the highly competitive PAC 10 conference.

    Moute is not just basketball royalty, by the way. According to his Wikipedia biography, he's a prince in his native village of Bia Messe.

    By the way, while I wish Moute well in his basketball career, I'll be rooting against him tonight. I'm a resident of Memphis, Tennessee and will, of course, pull for the home team in their game tonight. Go Tigers!
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  2. THE NEW OPT RULE FAQ

    by , 04-04-2008 at 08:07 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    OK, here are FAQs on the new OPT rule, E-Verify, a complete list of qualifying STEM professions and the full text of the OPT rule. I'll consider the two FAQs to be works in progress so please post questions in the comments and I'll consider them for inclusion in revised versions of the articles. Finally, note that in my original posting of STEM professions, I did not redact out "99 - other" professions and have done so now.



    Download ead_extension_faq.pdf



    Download everify_q_a.pdf



    Download combined_stem_list.pdf



    Download opt_rule.pdf

  3. STEM PROFESSIONS

    by , 04-04-2008 at 05:19 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    I'm still working on the FAQ, but here's a question and document you may find helpful given some of the questions you're posting. The CIP is hundreds of pages long, but I've extracted the relevant pages and redacted out professions not qualifying. So every occupation on the attached lists will qualify as a STEM profession.




    What are STEM professions?

    STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. USCIS will refer to a "STEM Designated Degree Program List" that is based on the US Department of Education's "Classification of Instructional Programs" (CIP) 2000 report which can be found online at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002165 .

    According to USCIS, the list of degrees includes those degrees in the following fields:

    Actuarial Science. NCES CIP Code 52.1304

    Computer Science: NCES CIP Codes 11 .xxxx (except Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, NCES CIP Codes 11.06xx)

    Engineering: NCES CIP Codes 14.xxxx

    Engineering Technologies: NCES CIP Codes 15.xxxx

    Biological and Biomedical Sciences: NCES CIP Codes 26.xxxx

    Mathematics and Statistics: NCES CIP Codes 27.xxxx

    Military Technologies: NCES CIP Codes 29.xxxx

    Physical Sciences: NCES CIP Codes 40.xxxx

    Science Technologies: NCES CIP Codes 41.xxxx

    Medical Scientist (MS, PhD): NCES CIP Code 51.1401

    Download combined_stem_list.pdf




  4. MY SUMMARY OF THE OPT RULE

    by , 04-04-2008 at 12:47 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Folks - Given the extremely important news from today on OPT extensions, I'm rushing to put together a detailed FAQ which I will try and upload this evening. So stay tuned. On the E-Verify questions, I've already put together what I think is one of the most complete articles on the subject and have updated it a few posts ago. Note the rule is nearly 50 pages so this is why I can't get this up faster.
  5. THE ABCS OF E-VERIFY

    by , 04-04-2008 at 12:34 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Suddenly employers have a powerful new incentive to use E-Verify given the shortage of H-1B visas that force many F-1 students to leave the country upon conclusion of their training programs. F-1 students who work for employers using E-Verify will get 29 months of training instead of just 12. This means two extra chances at the H-1B lottery and more time to get green card applications processed as a method of potentially bypassing the H-1B process all together or at least minimizing the gap in time someone may need to spend abroad.

    I've just finished the manuscript for a book I've written on employer compliance and have included a chapter on E-Verify. Because the interest in E-Verify will likely spike as a result of this rule, I've decided to publish the E-Verify chapter online now rather than wait. So here goes. Also, some of you may not know that I blog on employer compliance (including the E-Verify subject) at http://immcomp.blogspot.com.

    Download everify_q_a.pdf

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