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Forbes: ICE Starts Immigration Site Visits For Students On STEM OPT

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers could question international Forbes Immigration Articlestudents and company managers during new site visits underway to investigate students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration aimed at companies, high-skilled professionals and international students.

If one looks at the May 2016 STEM OPT regulation, it’s clear ICE can review a number of aspects of an international student’s work at an employer that might not have been subject to oversight in the past. This includes examining documentation to determine whether a student in STEM OPT status is being paid properly according to the regulation. The 2016 rule states: “To guard against adverse impacts on U.S. workers, the rule requires terms and conditions of a STEM practical training opportunity to be commensurate with those applicable to similarly situated U.S. workers.”

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Shumaker Attorneys Maria Ramos and Mechelle Zarou Present at the 2019 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law

AILA 2019 Conference

Shumaker was honored to have two of our partners, Maria Ramos and Mechelle Zarou, present at the 2019 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law this past week in Orlando. Mechelle participated on a panel discussing unconventional uses of O-1 and EB-1 Visas and Maria joined two panels, one discussing what employers need to know about an employee’s criminal and medical history and another on congressional advocacy for clients.

Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected as a Top Lawyer for Immigration Law

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce that Tampa partner Maria del Carmen Ramos was selected as TAMPA Magazine’s Top Lawyer 2019 in the category of Immigration as voted on by her peers.  This is the third year in a row that Maria has received such a prestigious honor. (more…)

Mechelle Zarou Presented at American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Sports Immigration Law Conference

 

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick is pleased to announce that Mechelle Zarou, partner in the Toledo office, was a panelist at the Central Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) first Sports Immigration Law Conference held on March 8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The conference focused specifically on the substantive law and practical challenges associated with sports immigration and featured sports immigration subject matter experts as well as sports industry professionals, including Olympic athletes. (more…)

Maria del Carmen Ramos to Serve as a Faculty Member for AILA’s Webinar on “Perfecting the Job Description: A Modern Artform”

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce that Tampa Partner Maria del Carmen Ramos will serve as a Faculty Member for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Education Department web seminar entitled “Perfecting the Job Description: A Modern Artform”. (more…)

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Maria del Carmen Ramos, Partner, Handles all types of immigration matters for foreign nationals and large institutional clients, including routinely filing petitions for non-immigrant visas on behalf of employers, and advising and training employers on I-9 compliance.