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Blog Posts in July, 2021

  • USCIS Extends Flexibilities to Certain Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT

    Pursuant to a court order , USCIS extended the flexibilities for certain foreign students affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. These flexibilities have been extended to include applications received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through Oct. 31, 2021, inclusive. Applicants can file Form I-765 up to 120 days before the program end date if the ...
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  • USCIS Conducts Second Random Selection from Previously Submitted FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    In March 2021, USCIS conducted an initial random selection on properly submitted electronic registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap. The initial filing period for those with selected registrations for FY 2022 was from April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. USCIS recently determined to select additional registrations to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. On July 28, 2021, it ...
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  • USCIS Updates Guidance for Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student

    The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides certain nonimmigrants the opportunity to request a change to a different nonimmigrant classification for which they qualify. USCIS has historically only granted applications to change to F-1 status that fall within 30 days of the program start date listed on the applicant’s Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (Form I20). ...
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  • Department of State Posts August 2021 Visa Bulletin

    The Department of State posted the August 2021 Visa Bulletin. All family-based categories must use the Dates of Filing chart, except for the F2A category, spouses and children of permanent residents, who must use the Final Action chart which is showing current; meaning visas are readily available for this category. Applicants in all employment-based preference categories must use the Final Action ...
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  • Biden Administration Lifts Rule to Narrow H-1B Definition of “Specialty Occupation”

    Every fiscal year, the U.S. grants 85,000 H-1B visas for nonimmigrant workers. U.S. employers hire qualified foreign workers after exhausting their recruitment efforts to find someone within the U.S. Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially removed the rule that would have redefined the H-1B specialty occupations. The specialty occupations rule was going to set new ...
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  • H-1B Cap Reached: H-1B Alternatives & Options for Sponsorship

    The H-1B visa lottery winners for FY 2022 cap have already been selected. The U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) already notified applicants who will be receiving an H-1B visa in 2022. If you were not one of the applicants selected, many H-1B visa alternatives can help you become a legal worker in the United States. Learn more about the different employment visa options available for ...
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