News Updates

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...

News Regarding FY2017 H-1B Cap

January 4, 2016 Larrabee

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...

Breaking News: STEM OPT Update

October 19, 2015 Larrabee

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,...

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

September 30, 2015 Larrabee

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...