International Student and Scholar Services


Policies and Practices: The New STEM Extension of OPT and Cap-Gap Regulations

Thursday, June 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: CCC, Mile High Ballroom 4AC

This session addresses the new STEM OPT and cap-gap regulations, and reviews key changes and nuances in the regulations. Learn policies and practices that institutions and advisers may implement to ensure effective advising and smooth processes for recommending STEM extensions, including document/eligibility review, reporting, and record retention.

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Robert D. Aronson

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN

Robert D. Aronson is an Attorney and Stockholder at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., a multi-practice law firm located in Minneapolis, MN. He is widely regarded as a leading figure in immigration law and policy for the academic community - particularly research personnel. He has authored over 70 articles on various aspects of immigration law and was the Editor-in-Chief of "The Physician Book" (ILW: 2011). He was a co-founder and chair (1992-2001) of the IMG Task Force and the first recipient of the Roberta Freedman Lifetime Achievement Award for his professionalism and mentorship in physician immigration matters. He was also the immigration legal counsel to the Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (COGME), the advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in its study of U.S. immigration policy for International Medical Graduates. In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University School of Law for his contributions to the profession and the community. He holds his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and was a Fulbright Fellow at the law schools of Harvard University and Moscow State University (Russia).

Brian Groves

Director, International Students and Scholars Office
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Brian Groves is the Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at the University of San Francisco and has almost 20 years experience in international education. He has worked in a variety of international educational settings such as high school exchange, ESL administration, student and scholar advising, and educational travel and tourism. Brian is the Region XII Co-Chair of the Regulatory Ombuds Subcommittee and also a member of the Prevailing Wage Work Group.

Katie Tudini

Assistant Director
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Katie Tudini is the Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services within the Office of International Education at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role she leads the administration of the F-1 and J-1 student programs and supports a stellar team of International Student Advisors. Katie has been a member of Trainer Corp since 2011 and thoroughly enjoys helping her colleagues work through the regulations and determine best practices for their office. Katie is originally from Buffalo, New York where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at SUNY Fredonia and a Master's degree from Canisius College in Higher Education Administration. When she is not spending time with her husband and two young sons she is working on DIY projects at home.


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