News Updates

Update on STEM OPT Litigation

18:21 02 March in News Updates

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 vacatur of the 2008 STEM OPT Interim Final Rule for 90 days, in order to give the Government additional time to analyze the more than 43,000 comments that were received in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the Agency on October 19, 2015. Can we get that in non-legalese? Sure. Basically, DHS has asked...

News Regarding FY2017 H-1B Cap

23:14 04 January in News Updates, Uncategorized

April 1, 2016 marks the opening date of the filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2017 (10/1/16 to 9/30/17) cap or quota number. USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2017 H-1B cap starting Friday, April 1, 2016. The H-1B quota limitations are as follows: Regular cap (Bachelor's degree): 58,200 Regular cap, Citizen of Chile: 1,400 Regular cap, Citizen of Singapore: 5,400 Master's cap (Master's degree or higher from a U.S. University): 20,000 Background: You may recall that for the past three years the H-1B quota was met as soon as the filing window opened on April 1st, triggering the lottery provision. This provision requires...

Breaking News: STEM OPT Update

22:35 19 October in News Updates

Breaking News:  DHS Issues Proposed Rule "Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students" Today the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") issued an Advance Copy of proposed rulemaking related to F-1 students with STEM degrees, as well as cap-gap relief for all eligible F-1 students.   DHS issued this Rule on the deadline under the Administrative Procedures Act to allow for the Rule to take effect prior to February 2, 2016, thereby preventing the possible termination of STEM OPT work authorization on that date.  Among other significant changes, the Proposed Rule...

The 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Entry Period to Open on October 1, 2015

23:09 30 September in News Updates

The 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period will begin at Noon ET on October 1, 2015, and will end at Noon ET on November 3, 2015. Applicants may access the eligibility requirements, instructions for application, and FAQs for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program at: http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2017-Instructions-Translations/DV-2017%20Instructions%20and%20FAQs.pdf The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the Green Card Lottery) provides immigrant visas each fiscal year for persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Essentially, this program provides certain nationalities with the opportunity to win the chance to apply for a green card, without having to qualify in one...

October 2015 Visa Bulletin has been Revised

17:24 29 September in News Updates

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin that was published on September 9, 2015 was revised today (9/25/2015). The Department of Homeland Security will rely on the revised bulletin when considering whether an individual is eligible to file an application for adjustment of status. The notable changes on the revised October Visa Bulletin include: Dates for Filing Chart EB-2 China: date changed from May 1, 2014 to January 1, 2013. EB-2 India: date changed from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2009 EB-3 and other worker Philippines: date changed from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2010 There were also changes to the Dates for Filing Chart...

Certain Applicants without a Current Priority Date to become Eligible to File for Adjustment of Status Beginning October 2015

22:25 09 September in News Updates

This information is likely of interest to foreign national employees who are pursuing U.S. permanent residence (a green card) through adjustment of status. Certain Applicants without a Current Priority Date to become Eligible to File for Adjustment of Status Beginning October 2015 The October Visa Bulletin includes a positive development that will benefit quota backlogged immigrant visa (i.e. greencard) applicants. The Visa Bulletin will now contain two charts: The first chart lists the "current" priority dates, which are the dates when applicants become eligible to receive a greencard.   Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA - mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C C C C C 2nd C 01JAN12 01MAY05 C C 3rd 15AUG15 15OCT11 08MAR04 15AUG15 01JAN07 Other Workers 15AUG15 01JAN06 08MAR04 15AUG15 01JAN07   A new second...