H-1B Grace Period: What is it?

We have received a good number of questions about the grace period afforded to H-1B visa holders recently, so I thought I would go through the grace period and what it covers.  We discussed this previously in this blog post but this post will clarify and expand on exactly how the grace period works. Who is

USCIS Changes Adjudication Standard for I-129 Renewals

Many of you may know that USCIS has had a policy in place that allowed those filing an application to renew their status (H-1B, L-1, E-1, etc.) to file a ‘bare bones’ application – an application with just new information and none of the initial documentation sent in with the first application to show that

30/60 Day Rule is Removed from FAM, Replaced with 90 Day Rule

Many of you may not be aware of the 30/60 day rule.  The Department of State in its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) has a section on willful misrepresentations.  Part of this section describes how to determine willful misrepresentations in the case of people who enter the US on a non-immigrant visa but then undertake activities

Is USCIS going to request your Social Media IDs?

USCIS published a proposed regulation that would allow them to ask for social media ids (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for certain nonimmigrants seeking entry into the US.  It would affect those filing the online application for a visa waiver entry.  The “optional” question would be placed in the application so that USCIS could look at people’s social

Self-Sponsored Green Cards: What are your major findings?

Invariably when working with scientists it becomes apparent that USCIS’s definition of your “most important” work and our client’s definition of their “most important” work are very different.  This leads to issues over what findings should be discussed in the memo and highlighted for the USCIS officer to review.  Scientists, for good reason, feel that

USCIS Proposed New Regulations for Skilled Workers

USCIS has just submitted a proposal to amend and add to its regulations regarding highly skilled worker.  Below is a summary of the provisions of this proposed rule. Before discussing the proposed rule, however, let me be clear – this is proposed at this point, so it is not currently law.  The provisions may or

O and P Visa Delays and Premium Processing

Those who are filing for either O or P status should know that, surprise, the processing time listed on the USCIS website for O and P visas is incorrect. Currently, USCIS California Service Center is listing a processing time of 2 weeks.  Unfortunately the actual time period is 8-10 weeks, considerable longer.  And this is

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