USCIS Proposes New Filing Fees (05/12/2016)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week a proposal to increase the fees of certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications. Fee increases generally range from 8 to 60%.  However, filing fees related to the EB-5 green card process have been the most dramatic with increases ranging from 145...

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New 24-month OPT Extension for STEM Graduates Takes Effect

  International students who have studied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects for their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees from U.S. universities and who are completing their 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs are now eligible for a 24-month STEM OPT extension. Effectiv...

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Major Retrogression for EB-2, India and China, and EB-3 China for June 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has issued its June 2016 Visa Bulletin with major retrogressions in priority dates for India’s and China’s EB-2 (Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability) and EB-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers) nonimmigrant visa applicants. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Serv...

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July 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

JULY 2016 VISA BULLETIN NO MAJOR RETROGRESSION OR ADVANCEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES. The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2016 Visa Bulletin with no major retrogression or advancement for the EB-1 (Priority Workers), EB-2 (Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability), and EB-3 (Skill...

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US Supreme Court Upholds Bar to Implementing DAPA and expanded DACA.

U.S. v. TEXAS: THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TWO MAJOR IMMIGRATION INITATIVES SHOULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED. The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the ban on implementing President Obama’s two major immigration initiatives. The case, U.S. v. Texas, cha...

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August 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

AUGUST 2016 VISA BULLETIN RELEASED The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2016 Visa Bulletin imposing cutoff dates for India and China for the EB-1 (Priority Workers) and EB-2-Worldwide categories (Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability) which includes El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Me...

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New U.S. Reporting System For Chinese Visitors—Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)

The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), announced a new reporting system for B-1/B-2 visitors from the People’s Republic of China (China). This new online reporting system is called the Electronic Visa Update System (“EVUS”). EVUS will take effect in November 2016. Those tr...

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Visa Revocations Policy

According to the new FAM provision (9 FAM 403.11-3) updated by the U.S. Department of State, consular officers shall prudentially revoke nonimmigrant visas for DUI arrests, as driving under the influence is indicative of a possible physical or mental disorder with harmful behavior (possibly ineligibility under INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii). ...

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USCIS Proposes New Program for International Entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs temporary stay in the U.S. so that they may start or scale their businesses here. Under this proposed rule, DHS may parole, on a case-by-case basis, eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises if s/he me...

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October 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2016 Visa Bulletin for Fiscal Year 2017.  With the October 2017 Visa Bulletin, some categories returned to their “current status.” EB-1 (Priority Workers) is current worldwide as predicted. EB-2 (Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability) India, a...

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