USCIS Issued New STEM OPT Rules on October 19, 2015

On October 19, 2015 USCIS issued a proposed rule regarding STEM OPT extensions for those in F-1 status.  If you were not aware, USCIS was sued in Federal Court over the previous rules as there was no formal rule-making on those.  The Court gave USCIS until February of 2016 to go through the formal rule

USCIS Updates its Directions for Use of the New Visa Bulletin Tables

USCIS has updated its directions in terms of when the new “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” chart can be used to determine when you can file your I-485, or if you need to wait for the “Final Action Date” to become current. To refresh people’s memories, the Department of State, starting with the October Visa

How Important is a Complete I-9 Form for Each Employee?

Everyone is familiar with the I-9 form, and for many employer, it seems unduly burdensome and they treat it as a formality – as long as the person has the right documents, whether the form is fully complete or not doesn’t really matter,. However, according to our law, and, in some ways more importantly, ICE

Alert: Revised October Visa Bulletin Issued

I-140 Premium Processing: Good or Bad?

Premium Processing is a service offered by USCIS for which anyone filing an I-140 (or with an I-140) can pay USCIS an extra $1225 and they will guarantee processing your case within 2 weeks or they will refund your money (and, according to USCIS, continue processing the case in an expedited manner).  While it would

USCIS Indicated Changes to Employment Based Immigration on Regulatory Agenda

With a recent publication in the Federal Register, USCIS has started the process to begin modernizing the employment based immigration system. Unfortunately, they are only at the beginning of the process, and just indicated that modernizing the employment based system was part of their upcoming regulatory agenda. Below is how they state it: The Department

The Visa Stamp in My Passport Expired, am I in the United States Illegally?

New H-4 Work Authorization Rules “Close at Hand”

According to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, the new regulations allowing certain H-4 spouses the ability to apply for employment authorization are close at hand.  While we do not know exactly when the new rules will be out, the Director did also state that he was disappointed that they had not already been released.   As

USCIS Changes Position on Nurses and H-1Bs

28 Days and Counting

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