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Tag Archives: Immigration

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’ […]

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, […]

The U.S. Immigration Bar Rightfully Condemns Bigoted, Discriminatory Rhetoric

Source: American Immigration Lawyers Association (Doc. 15120860) Central to the mission of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the promotion of justice and advocacy for fair and reasonable immigration laws. AILA condemns any proposal that would treat someone differently based upon nationality or religion. Bigotry and discrimination are anathema to the principles upon which […]

What We Should Know About the Vetting Process for Syrian Refugees

Certain politicians are trying to block the United States from participating in our international obligation to accept refugees, if they happen to be Muslim or from Syria.  While I understand and agree that we must protect our peoples’ security,  why don’t we at least discuss the topic rationally and with accurate information? Bryan Naylor of […]

50,000 Foreign-Born STEM Workers May Be Forced Home

An article in U.S. News & World Report reveals that as many as 50,000 workers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields may be forced to leave the United States early next year, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acts soon to reissue a rule that extends the optional practical training (OPT) […]

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 […]

STEM OPT Work Permits at Risk

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently struck down a rule, enacted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April 2008 extending, for eligible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, the duration of optional practical training (OPT) by 17 months. However, the court stayed that action until February 12, 2016, […]

Update: USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

Update by USCIS: May 5, 2015 From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesSent: Monday, May 04, 2015 2:54 PMSubject: USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS […]

Bloomberg: Getting a Visa Took Longer Than Building Instagram

In this Bloomberg article, read about how Instagram almost didn’t happen, and the U.S.’s convoluted immigration system would have been to blame.  Before Mike Krieger created the wildly popular photo-sharing app with business partner Kevin Systrom, he was living in Silicon Valley on a temporary work visa.  If not for some lucky breaks navigating the country’s […]

H-1B Delivery Problems at Vermont Service Center

In this firm’s Fall 2014 Newsletter, we discussed the situation with foreign professional workers applying for H-1B work visas.  There are only 85,000 of those visas available per year.  Recently each year, companies have used up all 85,000 visas during the first week they are available. The government then conducts a random lottery to pick the […]

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