Immigration Blog

DHS to Propose Rule for International Entrepreneurs

DHS is proposing a rule that would allow certain international entrepreneurs whose stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit to be considered for parole on a case-by-case basis. Under the proposed rule, entrepreneurs who can show that their start-up entity has substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation may be granted an initial stay of up to two years to oversee and grow their start-up entity in […]

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Department of Labor Updates Labor Certification Fact Sheets

In June 2016, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification posted updated program factsheets with third-quarter FY 2016 selected stats. Updated information includes: Permanent Labor Certification Program Prevailing Wage Determination Program H-1B Temporary Visa H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Visa All of these updates can be found here.

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Upcoming Visa Bulletin Shows Updated Final Action Dates

The Department of State recently published their September 2016 Visa Bulletin. The publication shows final action dates for a handful of employment categories have been updated. In August, the EB-1 final action date was January 1, 2010. In September, it is current.

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I-9 Verification and Automatic EAD Extension for TPS Holders

The DHS may designate a country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) when it has determined that conditions in that country would result in a threat to the personal safety of individuals if they returned home (i.e.  armed conflict, epidemic, or earthquake). Citizens of that country in the U.S. can apply for TPS status. Currently, several countries have been designated for TPS including:

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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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