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  • Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations
    USCIS is updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program. Students and employers must report material changes to the Designated School Official (DSO) at the earliest opportunity by submitting a modified Form I-983. Employers must report the STEM OPT student’s ...
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  • USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019
    On April 11th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) utilized a computer generated random selection method to determine which H-1B petitions would be used to meet the mandated cap, and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year 2019. USCIS recieved a total of 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 2nd. On April 6th, the USCIS announced that it had ...
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  • Practice Alert: USCIS SCOPS Confirms No Procedural Changes for H-1B FY2019 Cap Season
    AILA Doc. No. 18012505 | Dated January 25, 2018 USCIS Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS) confirmed to AILA's SCOPS Liaison Committee that SCOPS is not anticipating any procedural changes for the FY2019 H-1B cap season. USCIS intends to follow the same procedures that were used for the FY2018 H-1B season, which presumably would not include a pre-registration system. In addition, USCIS ...
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  • What Is An Adjustment of Status?
    Applying for lawful permanent residency outside the United States through “consular processing” can be a daunting process. This process bounces back and forth between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) and may take a year or more to navigate successful entry into the U.S. after waiting patiently for years to have a visa available. However, consular ...
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  • What Is Executive Order 13788?
    Executive order (EO) 13788 is also called the “Buy American, Hire American” EO. It was issued on April 18, 2017, in order to give direction to government agency to tighten enforcement of existing rules so that American workers and products would be favored over all others. This EO has impacted how many visas for skilled foreign workers are reviewed and also directs the federal government to ...
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  • 3 Tips to Prepare for an ICE Visit at your residence - Know Your Rights!
    The current administration has proven it plans to deport millions of people with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Even this week we saw a massive enforcement raid of 7-Eleven stores aimed at not only illegal workers, but also management who ICE believes has turned a blind eye to improper hiring practices. Here are 3 tips to prepare you for a knock at the ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Temporary Visas
    Plan on coming to the United States? If so, you’ll need a visa unless you are from Canada or are entering under the Visa Waiver Program for less than 90 days. Whatever your temporary purpose in the U.S. might be, there are many visas available and one that probably suits your purpose. If you plan on coming temporarily for short-term business, vacation, or any other purpose, the good news is you ...
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  • H-1B Cap Update
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting on April 2, 2018 and ending on April 6, 2018. These petitions are subject to an annual cap and once the cap is reached, no additional applications will be accepted. Individuals who are in F-1 international student status and are seeking to change status to H-1B or others ...
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  • DACA Update
    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a U.S. immigration policy allowing some people to receive a renewable 2-year period of deferred action from deportation if they entered the country as minors. As of this year, around 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. In September of 2017, the current administration created turmoil for 800,000 DACA recipients when ...
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Green Card
    Immigration law tends to be extremely complicated. If you’re hoping to apply for a green card in the United States, you and more than 1 million other people are vying for the same number of permanent residency cards. If you make a mistake during the process, you could lose out on your chance. Here are 3 possible errors many people tend to make when applying. Failing to Properly Sign all Forms Part ...
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  • DHS Reportedly Considering Changes to H-1B Extension Rules - UPDATED
    January 9, 2018: In a news update on January 8, 2018, the McClatchy DC news service reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it not considering a regulatory change to the H-1B extension rules, as had previously been reported in a December 30, 2017 article by McClatchy DC. In particular, USCIS stated to McClatchy DC that the agency is not considering ...
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  • Changes to Notice for I-140 Beneficiaries Being Revoked
    he United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just adopted as a matter of policy the Administrative Appeal Office’s (AAO) decision in Matter of V-S-G- Inc., which held that beneficiaries who have been properly ported under AC21 are affected parties. These parties are entitled to receive notice about the potential revocation of the approval of an immigrant visa petition because of ...
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  • University Application Numbers Drop as Foreign Students Look Elsewhere for Opportunities
    With the new administration came a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, and America’s education institutions are feeling the changes. Fewer and fewer foreign students are applying for student visas, and universities are receiving fewer international applicants. This trend is particularly worrying for institutions that rely on international students to fill their programs. Students who are applying to ...
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  • Selecting the Right Immigration Attorney
    The immigration process can be complex and requires quite a bit of paperwork, which can be challenging if you are not well-versed in immigration law. An immigration attorney can help you through the process, and provide valuable insight into the process, but you may not know how to choose a lawyer to work with. It can take a little work to find the right attorney, but choosing the best lawyer for ...
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  • What Could the New USCIS Form Mean for Foreign Nationals Seeking Work in the U.S.?
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulates the granting of work authorization documents to foreign nationals seeking employment in the United States. As of October 2, 2017, the USCIS has enacted a joint effort with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help foreign workers obtain Social Security numbers in a faster and easier process. Our firm helps clients understand ...
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