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USCIS Participates in NAFSA International Educators Conference

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A report just released by the Institute of International Education shows that U.S. colleges and universities enrolled more than one million international students for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year. The total was up seven percent from the year before and represented five percent of all students at U.S. institutions. Fourteen percent of international students participated in Optional Practical Training (OPT), many of them in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) professions.

Earlier this month, Magteld La Bella, Branch Chief of External Communications and Coordination at Service Center Operations, Terry Scott, Management and Program Analyst at Service Center Operations, and Michelle Young, Students’ Portfolio Manager at Service Center Operations, had the opportunity to share information about the new STEM OPT rule during the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in New Orleans. Joining by teleconference, they also discussed F-1 and M-1 visas; filing tips for Form I-765, Applications for Employment Authorization, and Form I-539, Applications to Change/Extend Nonimmigrant Status; and the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) Program from a Designated School Official’s perspective.

The 200 participants also had questions about topics such as:

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Above: Magteld La Bella and Terry Scott with Service Center Operations at USCIS