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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UPDATE:  NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The order also reportedly suspends a worldwide program that exempted cer...

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USCIS Announces Expansion of In-Person Interviews Aug29

USCIS Announces Expansion of In-Person Interviews

On August 28, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an expansion of in-person interviews. In compliance with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” this expansion will apply to several types of immigration applications for perman...

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The End of DACA Sep06

The End of DACA

On September 5, 2017, President Trump made a decision ordering the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is a program that began during the Obama-era that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. It is believed that nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants will be subject to deport...

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USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors May23

USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it calculates unlawful presence for F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents. These changes are designed to clarify how USCIS implements the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility.  In particular, individuals in F, J, or M status who fail to mai...

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USCIS Confirms Processing Delays for Many Application Types Jul01

USCIS Confirms Processing Delays for Many Application Types

 On June 28, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner published her most recent annual report to Congress, revealing USCIS’ intensified anti-fraud initiatives as well as confirming processing delays for multiple applications. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent entity, created ...

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USCIS Implements Targeted Anti-Fraud Initiatives Jul12

USCIS Implements Targeted Anti-Fraud Initiatives

On June 28, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner published her most recent annual report to Congress, revealing USCIS’ intensified anti-fraud initiatives as well as confirming processing delays for multiple applications. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent entity, created by Congress, design...

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Department of Homeland Security Proposes Removing Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule Jul12

Department of Homeland Security Proposes Removing Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security holds the discretionary power to permit entry into the United States in humanitarian or public benefit cases. In the final months of the Obama administration in 2016, the Department of Homeland Security amended its regulations regarding "parole", or temporary entry, to include high-quality entrepre...

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USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear Jul12

USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear

On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided This new guidance states that USCIS officers will now issues NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unla...

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Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders Jul16

Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders

According to a recent USCIS will greatly expand its mandate for issuing NTAs without first consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). USCIS officers will now issue NTAs and thereby place individuals in removal proceedings upon the denial of an application or petition for immigration benefits if the individual is deemed re...

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