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August 8th Is the Deadline to Apply for 7-month Allowance to a 17-month STEM OPT Extension

If you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 months to your STEM OPT period. If you want to apply for this 7-month extension, you must properly file your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016. You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:

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Intellectual Property Frequently Asked Questions: Volume 1 – Trademarks

Intellectual Property Law can be a very confusing topic of conversation with clients, businesses, and friends. Today we are covering our first topic in our recurring Frequently Asked Questions series. Our first topic will cover Trademarks. What is a trademark? Trademarks can be any word, slogan, symbol, design or any combination of these. Some non-traditional trademarks can be a sound, color or smell. A trademark is a brand associated with goods or services to distinguish […]

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FAQ: Immigration Business Plan for L-1s and E-2 Investors Visas

Our latest post in our Frequently Asked Questions about Immigration has been posted on our website. Click here to download your copy today!

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So You Want a Trademark for Your Herbs?

A major shift is happening in this country regarding the legalization of marijuana. At least four states have legalized marijuana and more than twenty states have passed laws permitting the use of marijuana for medical issues. As entrepreneurs open up their new businesses selling marijuana and accessories they want to brand their businesses and products. These entrepreneurs are encountering obstacles under federal law when they file trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark […]

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DOS Announces Visa Retrogression for India and China EB-1 and Worldwide EB-2 until October 1, 2016

Due to continued high demand for immigrant visas, the U.S Department of State (DOS) announced cut-off dates for permanent residence applicants under the employment-based EB-1 category for India and China and all applicants in the second preference EB-2 category. EB-1 Visas are primarily reserved for priority workers and historically remained current for all applicants throughout the year.  Meaning that these applicants did not have to wait for visa availability to apply for an immigrant visa.  […]

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USCIS Reported Ongoing Capacity Issues Which Result in Slower Processing Times but Selected Cap-Subject H-1Bs for FY17 are Being Prioritized

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced ongoing processing delays which are leading to slower processing times for immigration benefits, particularly for H-1B petitions. Many employers using regular processing are waiting 6-8 months for an H-1B adjudication including new filings and extension. If you are an employer or employee with an upcoming or pending H-1B filing, you should plan for these delays which will also affect plans to travel abroad.

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