USCIS Announces Proposed Rule for STEM Extensions of OPT

Pursuant to recent Federal court litigation (discussed previously in TSA emails), USCIS has proposed a new rule for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) optional practical training (OPT).  Basically the new rule will allow for a 24 month extension for STEM graduates to the basic 12 months of OPT provided to most F-1 student graduates. […]

USCIS Announces Temporary Changes to Visa Bulletin and Adjustment of Status Filing Dates

Pursuant to a joint effort by the U.S. Department of State and the Immigration Service, for a temporary time (probably only October 2015) the family and employment cut off dates have been accelerated.   This is the same window of opportunity which we alerted everyone about last week regarding Registered Nurses.   Please see the link below[…]

Step Right Up, Nurses, and Get Your Green Cards!

For the first time in almost seven years, Registered Nurses have the opportunity to obtain permanent residence during the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period immediately after graduation as an F-1 student.   The reason for this is actually very simple:  the Third Preference and “Other Workers” categories are almost current for all countries except China, India[…]

CIS Makes Recent LCA/H-1 Rule Retroactive to H-1 Employees Previously Transferred to New Locations

As background, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a decision which reverts the H-1 and LCA requirements to their original form from the early 1990s.  Specifically, if an H-1 employee is transferred to a new location, and that location is not listed on the original LCA filed with DOL before the original I-129 was filed[…]

Don’t Forget the New Rules for Changing Locations for H-1 Employees: CIS is Already Using Audits to Insure Compliance!

Just as a reminder, on April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued an important decision which significantly changed the process and requirements for H-1 employees who change locations. More accurately, the AAO decision was really a return to the requirements which were in place from the early 1990s until a series of INS/CIS[…]