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Effective May 10, 2016, STEM OPT Work Permits Expanded

May 10, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has amended its F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. Specifically, the final rule allows such F–1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months […]

USCIS Falls Way Behind on Asylum Interview Scheduling

Until fairly recently, USCIS’s Asylum Office in Arlington, VA, which covers applications from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC, was scheduling interview within 3 months or so of filing.  However, due to a huge increase in applications from Central American and Middle East nationals, the Office has fallen behind by 3 years. According to USCIS’ […]

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum on “Same or Similar” Occupations and Job Portability

On March 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services finalized its policy on determining whether a new job is in the “same or similar” occupational classification with respect to job portability. The policy memorandum instructs USCIS employees on how to use the Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes and other evidence to determine if […]

More Changes Coming to the Visa Waiver Program

February 18, 2016 DHS announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, by adding Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as countries of concern, and limiting VWP travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011. At this time, […]

New Procedure for Determining When to File Adjustment of Status

USCIS has sent out an alert that the State Department’s Visa Bulletin has changed as of October 2015.   Due to a long-existing shortage of Immigrant Visas, the backlog for some immigration categories results in a multi-year delay, for example 10 years for EB-2 Indians and more for EB-3 Indians.  When an application is filed in an […]

Avoid Notario Fraud in Immigration Applications

Anyone thinking of applying for the new Executive Actions by President Obama should avoid “notarios” and use attorneys or NGOs with legal expertise.  The American Immigration Lawyers Association has put out a public service announcement about this. Only a licensed lawyer or accredited representative is authorized and qualified to assist you with your immigration case […]

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