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International Student and Scholar Hub

May 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Check out the new International Student and Scholar Hub that highlights resources provided by the Boston University community in an effort to help ensure the academic success and well-being of our international students and scholars.

ISSO to host Town Hall Meetings on new STEM OPT Rule

March 22nd, 2016 in STEM OPT rule.

The newly published STEM OPT rule will extend and expand training opportunities for F-1 students in certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) major fields, beginning in May 2016. The ISSO will hold several Town Hall meetings to explain provisions of the new rule to students and administrators from affected departments... More

New STEM OPT Rule Extends and Expands Training Opportunities for F-1 Students

March 14th, 2016 in STEM OPT rule.

After months of watching the progress on the new STEM OPT Rule, F-1 students received welcome news on Friday, March 11, 2016, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule extending and expanding the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)... More

ISSO Spring Workshops Announced

February 1st, 2016 in Academic Workshops, ISSO Workshops, OPT workshops.

The ISSO is pleased to announce our spring workshop schedule. For dates, locations and session descriptions, see our full calendar. Workshops include a range of topics including Academic Success in the U.S. Classroom, and well as U.S. Employment and Careers: International Student Employment Authorization F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT): Application Basics February 5, February... More

F-1 Student Questionnaire: Do you have a New Version I-20?

February 1st, 2016 in F-1 Students, New Version I-20.

In June 2015, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) was upgraded to revise the look and data contained on the Form I-20 for F-1 students. All students in continuing F-1 status will be required to have an updated version I-20 before July 1, 2016. Changes were also made to the Form... More

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Court grants 90-day extension of current STEM OPT rule while new STEM OPT rule is finalized

January 25th, 2016 in STEM OPT rule.

We are pleased to report positive progress in the court case brought against U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech) related to STEM OPT. On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia granted a motion that had been requested... More

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BU ISSO and students await court decision on the STEM OPT program

January 22nd, 2016 in STEM OPT rule.

Boston University continues to closely follow the court case brought against U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech), which could eliminate or expand the STEM OPT program. At the current time, no decision has been made on whether to grant a temporary extension of... More

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ISSO Advisory for Travel

November 18th, 2015 in Travel Advisory.

Are you travelling outside the U.S. over Thanksgiving or Winter Intersession?

Redesigned Form I-20 Reflects SEVIS Updates

November 13th, 2015 in F-1 Students, New Version I-20, Travel Advisory.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) was upgraded in June of 2015 to revise the look and data contained on the redesigned Form I-20 for F-1 students. All students in continuing F-1 status will be required to have an updated version I-20 before July 1, 2016. Changes were also made... More

DHS publishes new proposed STEM OPT Rule

October 28th, 2015 in STEM OPT rule.

On Monday, October 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a new proposed regulation on F-1 STEM OPT. This new proposed regulation addresses the recent court ruling to invalidate the current STEM OPT program. DHS is currently accepting public comments on the new proposed rule for a 30-day period, More

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