Reversal of STEM OPT Denial After Filing Motion to Reopen (I-290B)
August 30, 2023

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​The client filed his application with USCIS to request 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension for employment authorization.

Before issuing the denial in June 2022, USCIS had issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). All three USCIS correspondences alleged the client’s previous Employer for not having a physical facility because “after a thorough investigation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determined the address provided by the claimed employer was not legitimate.”

After receiving the final denial letter, the client called our office to seek professional help. After carefully reviewing the client’s case, the Law Offices of Sabrina Li advised the client regarding his options and the I-290B Motion to Reopen. The facts provided by the client warranted the filing of the I-290B Motion to Reopen with USCIS.

We brainstormed with our client on creatively obtaining additional evidence to convince the legitimacy of his previous employment. Our attorney drafted a detailed and thorough legal brief to submit along with newly acquired evidence. Our attorney also argued that our client merited a favorable consideration.

In merely two weeks, USCIS rendered a favorable decision on the Motion to Reopen submitted by the Law Offices of Sabrina Li. The previous denial was reversed, the client’s application for work authorization was approved, and the client is again in his lawful stem OPT.

The client is thrilled and so are we! If you have encountered similar issues and need our assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 213-375-8096.

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