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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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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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USCIS Announces All Unselected FY2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Have Been Returned

This morning the USCIS announced that is has returned all FY2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer generated selection process. We received all of our petitions filed on behalf of our clients. On May 2nd the USCIS announced that it had completed the data entry portion of all selected cap-subject petitions.

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Employers Risk Higher Penalties for Hiring Unauthorized Workers

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it is unlawful for an employer to hire or continue to employ workers knowing they are not authorized to work in the U.S. Employers can verify eligibility by completing form I-9. Failing to comply with these rules can expose your business to increased liability and be subject to monetary penalties. Recently the United States Department of Justice announced their plan to increase civil monetary penalties for employers […]

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U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 Decision on DACA and DAPA leaves many immigrants on hold

Today, in the United States v. Texas, the case challenging the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed by an equally divided court. This means that the ruling by the Fifth Circuit’s decision stands and there will be no further movement in this proposal at least during the Obama administration.  The proposed expansion would have shielded up to […]

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