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DHS Expected to Announce Cancellation of TPS for Nepal

USCIS New Policy Shuts Down STEM OPT Training at Third Party Sites

There are unofficial reports that indicate that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing to make an announcement regarding the end of temporary protected status (TPS) for approximately 9,000 Nepali citizens. DHS originally granted TPS to Nepali citizens three years ago following a severe earthquake that devastated the country and killed thousands of people.

The extension of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) allows eligible students to apply to extend their post-completion OPT authorization. Under the 2008 interim final rule, an F-1 student with a STEM degree from a U.S. institution of higher education could apply for an additional 17 months of OPT (per the 17-month STEM OPT extension), provided that the employer from which the student sought employment was enrolled in and remained in good standing in the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program, as determined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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