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DHS Announces Final Rule on STEM OPT Employment Authorization

The final rule adds employer obligations to the STEM OPT program. The US Department of Homeland Security has released an advance version of its long-anticipated final rule that expands employment authorization for...more

3/10/2016 - DHS Foreign Students H-1B OPT STEM

USCIS Issues Major Proposed Rule on Employment-Based Immigration

The Proposed Rule would implement provisions of the AC21 and introduce significant reforms to the employment-based immigration process. On New Year’s Eve 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a...more

1/11/2016 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B Portability Proposed Regulation USCIS

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2017 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. On April 1, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting...more

1/9/2016 - Filing Season Foreign Nationals Form F-1 H-1B H-1B1 L-1B TN-Visas USCIS Work Visas

Congress Passes Legislation Affecting Visa Waiver Program

Certain key provisions of the omnibus spending bill will affect travel without visas, e-Passport requirements, EB-5 investors, and H-1B and L-1 “dependent” employers. Included in the omnibus spending bill, which the US...more

12/22/2015 - E-Verify EB-5 Regional Centers H-1B International Travel L-1 Passports Pending Legislation Visa Waiver Program

DHS Proposes New Rule for STEM OPT Extension

New rule would extend STEM optional practical training to 24 months. On October 19, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student...more

10/21/2015 - Adjustment of Status Colleges Comment Period DHS E-Verify Foreign Students Form F-1 H-1B Non-Immigrant Visas OPT Proposed Regulation STEM Time Extensions Universities Visas

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

9/10/2015 - Adjustment of Status Applications EB-2 EB-3 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B I-140 Permanent Residence Cards Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Federal Court Vacates STEM Extension Program

Current STEM OPT holders not affected until February 2016. A federal judge's ruling earlier this month invalidated the 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for international students in the science,...more

8/31/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Form F-1 H-1B Notice and Comment OPT Proposed Regulation STEM USCIS

Homeland Security Issues Proposals to Attract/Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

Proposed regulations would grant employment authorization to qualifying H-4 nonimmigrants; apply a 240-day extension of employment authorization to timely filed requests for extensions of stay for E-3, H-1B1, and CW-1...more

5/8/2014 - CW-1 DHS E-3 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-1B1 Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Proposed Regulation

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached - Update

USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the filing period that began April 1 and conducted its computer-generated random selection process on April 10. ...more

4/15/2014 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached

USCIS has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2015 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a...more

4/8/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

USCIS to Expand Site Visit Program to Include L-1 Petitioners

Employers of L-1 transferees should now set up processes to deal with such visits. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced its intention to begin conducting worksite inspection visits to...more

1/27/2014 - Foreign Nationals Fraud and Abuse H-1B Immigration Enforcement L-1 National Security OIG USCIS

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more

4/22/2013 - Border Security EB-5 H-1B I-9 Immigration Reform Lawful Permanent Residents Proposed Legislation Undocumented Immigrants Visas

H-1B Cap for 2014 Fiscal Year Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2014 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption....more

4/8/2013 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY 2014 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. ...more

1/18/2013 - Foreign Workers H-1B USCIS Visas

U.S. Mission to India Expands Interview Waiver Program

Program to include H-1B and individual L-1 visas; eligible visa holders no longer required to have in-person interviews with U.S. consular officers....more

11/27/2012 - H-1B L-1

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