U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended flexible measures for F-1 students in Optional Practical Training following a consent order in a lawsuit challenging the government for delays in issuing employment authorization documents (EADs).
Additional Information: USCIS agreed to the terms in the Consent Order. The parties agreed to negotiate any issues of noncompliance in good faith, and the court can intervene if problems cannot be resolved. More information on the OPT class action can be found here.
BAL Analysis: The extended flexibilities are a positive development for employers with OPT and STEM OPT programs. The additional flexibility should help mitigate the delays in work authorization for F-1 students.
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