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How to Respond to Trump Administration Executive Orders

Last week, President Trump issued three Executive Orders addressing a wide range of immigration issues. The content of the Orders establish executive branch policy and immediate concrete action items. The Executive Orders include measures impacting…
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Mandatory EVUS Enrollment Starts Nov. 29 for Certain Chinese Travelers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have created a new Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS). Certain visa holders will be required to enroll in EVUS to continue to use their visas to enter the United States. The…
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Diversity Visa Lottery 2018 Open October 4 to November 7

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2018 (DV-2018). Online registration for the lottery will be accepted beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT…
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New 24-Month STEM OPT Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced a final rule extending optional practical training (OPT) to 24 months for F-1 international students with eligible STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, and math). OPT is a…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2016 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota. We recommend that employers review upcoming hiring needs and determine as soon as possible if the company needs to file any new H-1B petitions…
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Technical Difficulties Cause Delay in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing at U.S. Consulates and Embassies Worldwide

The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system which has resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling visa interviews. This issue is not specific to…
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Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing of Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B Petitions requesting an Extension of Stay (including amendment and change of employer requests). The temporary…
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USCIS Announces FY2016 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2015, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2015. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

To help U.S. businesses retain highly-skilled workers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule providing employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 spouses. Beginning May 26, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of…
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USCIS Announces FY2015 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2014. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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Diversity Lottery 2015 is Open!

The U.S. Department of State has opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2015 (DV-2015). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted until Saturday, November 2, 2013, at noon EDT. The Diversity Lottery allows nationals from…
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