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Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issues guidance on reporting relationship between employment and area of study for F-1 OPT

  1. Original Date Announced

    September 27, 2019

    Guidance states that foreign students are responsible for describing how their practical training opportunity relates to their major area of study, which the Designated School Official (DSO) must review and retain. DSO must determine whether there is a direct relationship between the job and the major area of study on a case-by-case basis. [ID #771]

    SEVP Policy Guidance: Practical Training- Determining a Direct Relationship Between Employment and a Student's Major Area of Study
  2. Effective Date

    September 27, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: ICE USCIS


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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