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[…]
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. […]
In recent months we have seen the EB-5 Regional Center quota for Chinese nationals slow down significantly and it will soon be unavailable. Since there are so few EB-5 immigrant visas available each year, it would not be surprising if other countries have the same problem in the future. However, there are almost always other[…]
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. […]
The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. For the complete ABC News article CLICK HERE.
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[…]