News Updates

The 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period

September 21, 2016 Larrabee

The 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period will begin at Noon ET on October 4, 2016, and will end at Noon ET on November 7, 2016. Applicants may access the eligibility requirements, instructions for application, and FAQs for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program...

Employers: Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017

September 14, 2016 Larrabee

On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N...

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...