News Updates

USCIS to Raise Filing Fees

May 23, 2016 Larrabee

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to raise certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a weighted average of 21%.   After a comprehensive fee review, DHS has determined that a fee increase is necessary in...

New 24-Month STEM OPT Rule in effect as of May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 Larrabee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented a new rule extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. What are the main benefits of the new rule? Increases the available time for a STEM OPT...

Breaking News: STEM OPT Update

March 11, 2016 Larrabee

Breaking News:  STEM OPT Update Has DHS issued a new STEM OPT regulation in time to prevent the program from terminating on May 10, 2016? Yes.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a preview copy of the Final Rule extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT)...

News Regarding FY2017 H-1B Cap

March 2, 2016 Larrabee

This is a follow up to our prior H-1B cap email of January 4, 2016.  USCIS will begin accepting filings toward the FY2017 H-1B cap on April 1, 2016.  Informal reports indicate that the cap is expected to be reached right away.  USCIS has not...

STEM OPT Litigation Update

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We have been bringing you updates on the STEM OPT lawsuit, which was brought by a union representing U.S. technology workers challenging the 17-month STEM OPT program on the basis that the government did not follow the appropriate procedures for implementing it in 2008. The...

Update on STEM OPT Litigation

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Update: DHS Asks Court to Extend Stay on STEM OPT Until May 10, 2016 What is the Update? On December 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a motion requesting that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia extend the stay of...