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The Department of Homeland Security Previews Final Rule Governing STEM OPT

Yesterday, March 9, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security previewed the final rule governing STEM OPT, to be released on Friday. This rule is effective May 10, 2016, except the addition of 8 CFR 214.16, which is effective...more

3/10/2016 - DHS E-Verify F-1 Visa Foreign Students H-1B OPT STEM Visas

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: Proposed Immigrant Visa Reforms (Part 3/6)

From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases,...more

2/16/2016 - Adjustment of Status Comment Period DHS Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Job Promotions Non-Immigrant Visas NPRM USCIS

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: OPT (Part 2/6)

From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases,...more

2/10/2016 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) OPT Proposed Regulation STEM Vacatur Visas

Court Extends Vacatur on OPT Extensions for STEM Students

One of the major immigration developments for 2016 is a proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would allow certain F-1 students to extend their period of “optional practical training” (OPT) if they...more

1/28/2016 - DHS Foreign Students OPT Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process STEM Vacatur

Congress Passes Full Department of Homeland Security Funding Bill

Late Tuesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 257-167 to fund the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) through September 30, 2015, covering the remainder of the fiscal year. A clean funding bill was passed by...more

3/4/2015 - Appropriations Bill DHS

Department of Homeland Security Shutdown 2015: The Effect on Immigration Services

The Senate remains at a stalemate over funding of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), with funding running out on Friday, February 27. A full budget was passed for the rest of the US government in December. However,...more

2/25/2015 - DHS E-Verify Federal Budget Federal Funding Funding USCIS

DHS Halts Implementation of DACA Expansion and DAPA

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday, February 17th that it will comply with an injunction temporarily blocking its plan to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, suspending applications...more

2/19/2015 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA DHS Executive Orders Immigration Procedures Preliminary Injunctions

Immigration Developments for Highly Skilled Workers: Changes the Business Community Can Expect as a Result of President Obama’s...

On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors...more

11/25/2014 - Barack Obama DHS E-Verify Executive Orders Green Cards H-1B H-4 Spouses Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform L-1 Visas OPT STEM USCIS Visa Caps

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

During last week's primetime television broadcast, President Obama announced steps to fix what he termed the “broken” US immigration system. The president focused his speech on increasing border security and providing a...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama Customs and Border Protection DACA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Highly-Skilled Workers Visa ICE Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

Recent Changes in US Immigration Processes and Technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented changes recently that affect many individuals seeking to travel to the United States, US employers of H-1B and L-1 workers, and users of some USCIS services. This...more

11/20/2014 - Corporate Counsel DHS ESTA H1-B L-1 Visas Popular USCIS Visas

USCIS Regulations Slowly Catching up/Catching on to Current Immigration Realities

In recent days, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has published several proposed rules in the Federal Register, which, if adopted, will bring welcome and much needed regulatory changes....more

5/15/2014 - DHS E-3 H-1B1 H-4 Spouses H1-B Immigrants Immigration Reform USCIS Visas

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

7/5/2013 - Citizenship DHS DOMA Green Cards Lawful Permanent Residents Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US Department of State US v Windsor USCIS Visas

Important Changes to Form I-94

On March 27, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published an interim rule in the Federal Register that changes the definition of Form I-94 (also known as an “I-94 card”) in order to allow an I-94 to be issued in...more

3/29/2013 - DHS Foreign Nationals Form I-94

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