USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4

USCIS is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is following the Centers for Disease Control and[…]

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. […]

Finally Some Clarity for EB-5 Regional Centers on Acceptable Methodology From the BEA

For the past several years the EB-5 Regional Center program has relied on the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) for the methodology  required by the Immigration Service to prove the Regional Center will create sufficient indirect jobs.  However, in 2013 the BEA announced its intention to change its methodology which caused panic in EB-5 circles. […]

Why Can’t We Take Those Children Turning Themselves Into the Border Patrol and Put Them on Planes Back to Central America?

Almost all of the children currently being held in custody along the Texas border are from Central America. This places them in a special legal category which is discussed below. The important thing to understand about this extremely complicated situation is that a law passed by Congress during the Bush administration in 2008 requires the[…]