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Department of Homeland Security Now Accepting Comments on Its Proposed Filing Fee Increase

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued notice of a proposed rule that would update the application fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), noting an overall...more

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

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

DHS Tests Known Employer Program for Certain Immigration Petitions

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program intended to streamline the employment-based immigration process in certain visa categories. The program will modify the process U.S....more

DHS Proposes Rule Affecting Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Applications

On December 31, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, entitled “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled...more

F-1 Optional Practical Training Proposed Rule Released; Work Authorization Expanded for STEM Students

The long-awaited proposed rule on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) was published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The proposed rule is titled “Improving and...more

Contingency Planning for the Upcoming H-1B Season

The H-1B non-immigrant visa allows foreign workers in certain occupations to legally live and work in the United States for a U.S. employer. In recent years, a growing number of foreign workers have applied for H-1B visas,...more

Immigration Updates: USCIS Announces Yet Another Change to the Visa Bulletin and STEM Graduates Granted a Reprieve by DHS

In our September 16th blog posting, we discussed the updated Visa Bulletin which provided a new chart for would-be immigrants. The new chart provides Dates for Filing Applications, or the earliest dates when an applicant may...more

EB-5 Legislative Update

While the 10,000 visas that have been set aside for the EB-5 foreign investor program are part of the permanent law, the regional center program, which allows businesses and developers to aggregate the investment proceeds for...more

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin. As we noted in our last Alert, the DOS recently changed the format of its Visa Bulletin to add cutoffs for application dates. These are...more

White House Report Offers Roadmap for Modernizing & Streamlining the U.S. Immigration System

On July 15, 2015, in an action that sought to confront a number of the U.S. legal immigration system’s lingering problems, the White House issued a report entitled “Modernizing & Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for...more

Department of State and Department of Homeland Security Announce a Major Change to the Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, acting through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced that they were significantly revising Visa Bulletin procedures....more

White House Report Offers Ideas for Streamlining, Improving Immigration System

The White House, in concert with the Secretary of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued a report that proposes ways improve the legal immigration process. The report, Modernizing & Streamlining Our...more

Obama Proposal Would Allow More Illegal Aliens to Stay in US While Seeking Legal Status

A proposal by President Barack Obama would expand the number of illegal aliens who are permitted to remain in the United States while applying for legal status. Federal law currently requires aliens who entered the country...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced important changes impacting certain individuals in the permanent residence (“green card”) process. This...more

The New L-1B Adjudications Policy, Effective August 31

The recently issued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final policy memorandum on L-1B visas clarifies the requirements for a sponsoring multinational organization transferring international personnel to the...more

USCIS to Accept Employment Authorization Applications from Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

Beginning May 26, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 Dependent Spouses. The USCIS will reject any applications received...more

DHS and DOL Issue H-2B Rules

The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs....more

What H-4 Visa Holders Need to Know about Employment Authorization

Under new rules announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the end of February, beginning May 26, 2015, H-4 visa holders who are the dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders will be eligible for employment...more

Avoiding an Immigration Nightmare: The Importance of Knowing When a Work Visa is Necessary

On January 30, 2015, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joel Peralta faced what many business immigration practitioners would refer to as an avoidable immigration nightmare....more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Holders Seeking Permanent Residence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced earlier this week that, pursuant to a published regulation effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more

DHS Extends Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the agency is extending employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants....more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, pursuant to a published regulation that will be effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more

DHS Extends Employment Authorization Documents For Certain Dependent Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants...more

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