Caroline Tang

Caroline Tang

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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Department of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal...more

5/19/2016 - Adjustment of Status Comment Period DHS EB-5 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Fees Permanent Residence Cards USCIS Visa Applications Visas

USCIS Announces Date for Start of H-1B Cap Premium Processing

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that on May 12, 2016, it will it will begin the 15 calendar day processing timeline for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing. USCIS...more

4/26/2016 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

As of April 7, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the H-1B quota or “cap” limitation for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has not yet confirmed the total number of petitions received...more

4/8/2016 - Diversity Lottery H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa USCIS Visa Caps Visas

New STEM OPT Extension Rule Brings Welcomed Relief to Employers and International Students

On March 9, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an advance copy of the final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or...more

3/10/2016 - DHS Final Rules Foreign Students OPT Popular STEM USCIS Visas

West Virginia Amends State Rule Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers

On July 1, 2015, a new legislative rule amending the procedures required for West Virginia employers to verify the legal employment status of their workers went into effect in West Virginia. Pursuant to section 21-1B-4 of the...more

8/5/2015 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 Immigration and Nationality Act Passports USCIS Verification Requirements Visas

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited Filing Guidance for H-4 EAD Applications

On May 20, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published long-awaited information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses apply for employment authorization documents (commonly known as “EAD cards”) under...more

5/21/2015 - Corporate Counsel Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Final Rules H-4 Spouses Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals USCIS

Temporary Suspension of USCIS ‘Premium Processing’ for H-1B Extensions

On May 19, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary suspension of its “premium processing” program as it relates to H-1B extensions in the United States. The suspension will be in effect...more

5/20/2015 - H-1B Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Immigration Procedures USCIS

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed its data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random lottery process....more

5/8/2015 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2015 Should Be Filed with USCIS on March 31, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions to be counted toward the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for fiscal year (FY) 2015 on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. USCIS will not accept...more

3/13/2014 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

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