Check in With Charlie Oppenheim on Immigrant Visa Movement

Charlie Oppenheim has released some more information on how he sees immigrant visa usage heading this year. Overall his  predictions are largely positive, with forward movement predicted in most categories.  However, it should be noted that the new USCIS policy requiring transfer of employment-based I-485s to field offices for interview is expected to increase volatility

The New STEM OPT Training Plan: What Do I need to know?

Under the new rules that went in effect on May 10, 2016, all students seeking STEM extensions for additional OPT time must have a training plan that is developed by them and their employer.  Below are some important points to keep in mind about the new training plan requirement 1.    Plan is Collaborative in

Updates on Court Cases against USCIS

There are two relevant updates to discuss. First, in terms of the STEM OPT court fight, the District Court this week dismissed the action against USCIS for the STEM OPT rules.  The Court found that USCIS had fixed the necessary issues and did not agree that USCIS overstepped its bounds with OPT.  However, it is

STEM OPT: The Fight is Not Over Yet

With the publishing of the new STEP OPT rule just last month, many thought that this could be the end of the lawsuit brought against USCIS over this issue.  The Court overseeing this case found that USCIS had violated procedures surrounding the rule making of that last OPT extension, which lead to USCIS redoing the

STEM OPT Transition Information

For those who are wondering about the new STEM rules, and how the old rules will be stopped and the new rules will be implemented, keep reading. If My Application Was Filed On Or Before May 9, 2016, Under Which Rules Will It Be Adjudicated? USCIS will transition into the new rules as seamlessly as

UPDATE on new STEM OPT Rule

The new STEM OPT rule that we discussed here, is in final review by USCIS.  Expectations are that it should be published by March 10, 2016 with an effective date no later than May 10th, the last day of the hold issued by the Court. At this point we do not know if any changes

2015 Legislative Update

There are two updates regarding current legislation that would affect immigration programs. Please note, these are just bills that were introduced but not yet passed.  While the content of the bills is worrisome, to say the least, there is no indication at this point that they will actually get enough votes to pass and become law.

USCIS Issued New STEM OPT Rules on October 19, 2015