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August 8 Deadline for 7-Month, STEM OPT Extension

Due to recent changes in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, F-1 students currently participating in the STEM OPT extension are eligible to apply for an additional 7-months of work authorization. The deadline to...more

USCIS Conducts H-1B Visa Lottery

On April 12, 2016, USCIS announced that it conducted the "H-1B lottery" and completed its selection process for petitions to meet the FY2017 H-1B cap. USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select...more

4/14/2016  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for fiscal year 2017. Based on the number of petitions received, USCIS...more

4/12/2016  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

Changes to Visa Waiver Program Take Effect

The US Department of State (DOS) has begun implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Signed into law on December 18, 2015, the Act establishes new criteria for...more

Immigration Update: 'Tis the season to prepare for H-1B petition filing

On April 1, 2016, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B visa petitions for a start date of October 1, 2016. Due to the high demand for H-1B visas, we encourage employers to identify any employees who may require initial...more

12/10/2015  /  Form F-1 , H-1B , USCIS , Visa Applications , Visa Caps

Immigration Update: Holiday Travel for U.S. Visa Holders

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

Immigration Update: Precedent Decision Impacts H-1B Workers & Employers

USCIS has issued a final guidance memorandum in regards to the precedent AAO decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. Per the Simeio decision, an amended H-1B petition must filed with USCIS when there is a material...more

Immigration Update: Technical Issues Continue to Impact U.S. Visa Processing Worldwide

U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to address the technical problems with their visa systems. As announced on June 12, 2015, the issue impacts U.S. Consulates worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or...more

Immigration Update: Visa Processing Delays at U.S. Consulates

U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently announced it is experiencing technical problems with their overseas passport and visa systems. Individuals who submitted online visa applications or were interviewed for visas on or...more

6/18/2015  /  Delays , US Department of State , Visas

Immigration Update: Employers Must File Petition When H-1B Worker Changes Locations

Following the precedent decision issued on April 9, 2015 by the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC employers must now be more cognizant than ever before of the requirements when...more

Immigration Update: EAD Eligibility for H-4 spouses

Effective on May 26, 2015, certain dependent spouses of H-1B workers will be eligible for employment authorization. Specifically, H-4 spouses will be eligible for this new benefit provided their H-1B nonimmigrant worker...more

Immigration Update: USCIS completes H-1B Visa lottery

On April 13, 2015, USCIS conducted the computer-generated random selection process (aka “H-1B lottery”) and selected petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption....more

4/17/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps

Immigration Update: USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2016

On April 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit...more

4/15/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Immigration Update: USCIS accepting FY2016 H-1Bs as of April 1, 2015

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) will accept cap-subject H-1B Petitions on April 1st, 2015 for start dates of October 1st, 2015 or later. ...more

3/18/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visas

Immigration Update: Department of Homeland Security announces action on employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective on May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be eligible for employment authorization. DHS will focus on employment...more

Immigration Update: H-1B Visa Petitions for 2016 Fiscal Year

In preparation of the upcoming filing period for H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year of 2016 we at Moore & Van Allen are sending this update to remind you of this upcoming event....more

1/13/2015  /  Filing Deadlines , H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Immigration Update: Executive Actions on Immigration and What They Mean

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration. While the details of many of these actions have yet to be determined and some action will require regulatory change, there are potentially...more

Immigration Client Alert: Here come the holidays…ready to travel?

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

Immigration Client Alert: Changes in Visa Fees

Effective as of September 12th, 2014, fee adjustments have been made to some Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas U.S. Department of State (USDOS) has made adjustments to the fees for the following categories...more

Moore & Van Allen Immigration Update

Over the past three years, the L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa category has come under higher scrutiny from USCIS. Petitions for both L-1A Executive/Manager and L-1B Specialized Knowledge classifications continue to be...more

8/25/2014  /  Employer Liability Issues , L-1A , L-1B , USCIS , Visas

Immigration Update: Delays continue in U.S. Visa issuance

As of August 4, 2014, U.S. Department of State (DOS) has made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant (temporary) visa cases. DOS is printing visas for immigrant visas, adoption cases,...more

Immigration Update: On-going Delays with U.S. Visa Issuance

As of July 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to experience technical problems with the passport/visa system, delaying the issuance of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas at U.S. Consulates. The issue is...more

USCIS Proposed Rule on Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed to provide work authorization benefits to spouses of H-1B visa holders. If this proposal is put into effect it will allow dependents to apply for an EAD, or an Employment...more

Immigration Client Alert: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Numbers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that 172,500 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period which began April 1, 2014. This number includes petitions filed under the advanced degree...more

USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of...more

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