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  • USCIS Reminds F-1 Students About OPT Termination

    USCIS Reminds F-1 Students About OPT Termination

    USCIS recently published a reminder that F-1 students who are in Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs will have their OPT status automatically revoked if they transfer to another school or...

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  • USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions

    USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions

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  • June 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS: New Green Card Wait Times

    June 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS: New Green Card Wait Times

    Read the June 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS and a brief analysis to find out updated priority dates for green card applicants.

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  • USCIS to Use Signature Confirmation Mail for Green Cards

    USCIS to Use Signature Confirmation Mail for Green Cards

    USCIS recently announced it would introduce the use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service for mailing green cards and other secure immigration...

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  • STEM OPT Students Prohibited from Working Offsite

    STEM OPT Students Prohibited from Working Offsite

    Read about the recent updates USCIS made to the F-1 STEM OPT EAD, namely the ability of students to work offsite, including at client sites.

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  • Supreme Court Discusses Travel Ban

    Supreme Court Discusses Travel Ban

    The Justices of the Supreme Court are questioning, today, how legitimate the President’s restrictions on immigration are. They’re also deliberating on the legality of the Trump travel ban policy.

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  • USCIS Completes 2017 Data Entry of H-1B Cap Petitions

    USCIS Completes 2017 Data Entry of H-1B Cap Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry for H-1B cap petitions that were chosen in the lottery for fiscal year 2018. USCIS will begin...

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  • May 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS: New Green Card Wait Times

    May 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS: New Green Card Wait Times

    Get the details on the May 2018 Visa Bulletin – the latest published by USCIS this month – to find out which green card wait times have changed.

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  • H-1B Application Denied: Now What?

    H-1B Application Denied: Now What?

    Learn what to expect if you end up with an H-1B application denied, including the best alternatives to sponsor your essential foreign national talent.

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  • USCIS Reached H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2019

    USCIS Reached H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2019

    On April 6, USCIS announced that they reached the mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2019, as well as the 20,000 visa master’s cap.

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  • H-1B Application Accepted: Now What?

    H-1B Application Accepted: Now What?

    H-1B application accepted? Learn what to expect after you submit your H-1B visa during cap season, whether it's an RFE or an approval notice.

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  • USCIS Issues Temporary H-1B Premium Processing Suspension for FY 2019 Cap-Subject Petitions

    USCIS Issues Temporary H-1B Premium Processing Suspension for FY 2019 Cap-Subject Petitions

    On March 20, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary H-1B premium processing suspension for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B visa...

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  • April 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin

    April 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin

    The April 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin has been released. For more details, please see below. Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Application: Final Action Dates for...

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  • USCIS Clarifies Policy for H-1B Third-Party Worksite Petitions

    USCIS Clarifies Policy for H-1B Third-Party Worksite Petitions

    Find out the details of the latest clarification from USCIS on the policy for H-1B third-party worksite petitions and what it means for employers.

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  • March 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin

    March 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin

    Get the information you need about the March 2018 USCIS visa bulletin, complete with dates for filing for family and employment-based visas.

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  • USCIS  Prohibits Power of Attorney

    USCIS Prohibits Power of Attorney

    A new policy memorandum released on February 16 by USCIS prohibits power of attorney for immigration applications and petitions beginning Sunday, March 18.

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  • India’s New E-Services for Immigration Filing

    India’s New E-Services for Immigration Filing

    India’s new e-services for immigration filing were announced by their Bureau of Immigration for in-country registrations, visa extensions, and more.

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  • TSS Visa to Replace Australia’s 457 Visa in March

    TSS Visa to Replace Australia’s 457 Visa in March

    Learn about recent changes to Australian immigration, including the shift from the well-known 457 visa to the new TSS visa.

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  • Trump Establishes New Immigration Vetting Center

    Trump Establishes New Immigration Vetting Center

    Get details about Trump's Presidential Memorandum ordering the establishment of a national immigration vetting center, signed February 6, 2018.

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  • H-1B Visa Filing and Premium Processing Update

    H-1B Visa Filing and Premium Processing Update

    Learn about the recent H-1B visa filing and premium processing update from a recent announcement from USCIS to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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  • I-Squared Bill Proposes Increasing H-1B Cap to 195,000

    I-Squared Bill Proposes Increasing H-1B Cap to 195,000

    Last week, Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake re-introduced I-Squared, a bill proposing changes to the popular H-1B visa program, to the Senate.

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  • Government Shutdown in Effect, Starting January 20

    Government Shutdown in Effect, Starting January 20

    Read about the government shutdown in December 2017, what it means for U.S. immigration processes and your visa applications.

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  • Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Trump’s Travel Ban

    Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Trump’s Travel Ban

    Learn about the latest news about the Supreme Court's impending decision on Trump's travel ban and how it is impacting businesses and employees.

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  • DHS Announces Changes to Visa Waiver Program and Expansion of ESTA

    DHS Announces Changes to Visa Waiver Program and Expansion of ESTA

    Information on the most recent changes to the visa waiver program by the department of homeland security, and how it could impact global organizations.

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  • February 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin

    February 2018 USCIS Visa Bulletin

    Find out the filing dates for family-based visas and employment-based visas from the recently released February 2018 USCIS visa bulletin.

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  • Federal Judge Temporarily Saves Part of DACA Program

    Federal Judge Temporarily Saves Part of DACA Program

    Read about the recent ruling by a Federal judge ordering the restoration of parts of DACA program that the Trump administration rescinded in September 2017.

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  • FAQs: DHS weighs major change to H-1B foreign tech worker visa program

    FAQs: DHS weighs major change to H-1B foreign tech worker visa program

    Here are answers to common questions we’ve received surrounding the McClatchy article, “DHS weighs major change to H-1B foreign tech worker visa program.”

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