Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew Albence appearing before a Homeland Security Subcommittee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an overlooked policy guidance that could lead to significant problems for employers and international students on Optional Practical Training (OPT). The problems center on what is entered into the internet-based Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) about the student’s job while working on OPT.

On September 27, 2019, ICE released “SEVP [Student and Exchange Visitor Program] Policy Guidance: Practical Training – Determining a Direct Relationship Between Employment and a Student’s Major Area of Study.” At first glance, the guidance looks like a simple reminder that a student’s employment during practical training

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