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OPT STEM Extension: District Court Extends Stay
January 27, 2016
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has extended the stay on its August 2015 order vacating the 2008 OPT STEM extension rule until May 10, 2016. While the STEM OPT 17 month extension rule would remain vacated, the Court’s stay of vacatur would remain in force till May 10, 2016.
DHS and DOS Begin Implementing Visa Waiver Program Changes
January 23, 2016
Nationals of Visa Waiver countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011, and nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria, are no longer eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program changes and how the new visa waiver restrictions affect your travel to the U.S.
H-1B1, E-3 Nonimmigrants Eligible for 240 Days Continued Employment When Extension Application is Pending
January 19, 2016
DHS has published a final rule revising regulations affecting H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and EB-1.2 Outstanding Professors and Researchers Immigrants. H-1B1 and principal E-3 nonimmigrants, whose status has expired while their employer’s timely filed extension of stay request remains pending, will now be authorized to continue employment with the same employer for up to 240 days.
USCIS February 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
January 14, 2016
USCIS has announced the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for February 2016 must be used for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS in February 2016.
Visa Bulletin February 2016: EB-2 India and EB-2 China Advance
January 11, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin February 2016 shows marginal advancement in EB-2 China and EB-2 India, along with advancement in EB-3 category for China, India and Philippines. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories.
OPT STEM Extension: DHS Seeks Extension of Stay Till May 10, 2016
December 29, 2015
DHS has moved the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requesting the Court to extend the stay on its August 2015 order vacating the 2008 STEM OPT extension rule. If the Court grants DHS’s request, the 2008 STEM OPT Extension Rule would remain vacated, but the Court’s stay of vacatur would extend from February 12, 2016, to May 10, 2016.
Additional H-1B and L-1 Filing Fees Imposed for Certain Employers
December 28, 2015
On 12/18/15, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, the omnibus appropriations bill for 2016. Under the new law, employers that employ 50 or more employees in the United States, and where more than 50% of such employees are working under H-1B or L-1 status, will be required to pay an additional filing fee of $4,000 for H-1B petitions (including H-1B extensions), and $4,500 for L-1 petitions (including L-1 extensions).
Visa Bulletin January 2016: Significant Advancement For EB-2 India, EB-3 Priority Dates Advance For All Countries
December 16, 2015
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin January 2016 shows significant advancement in EB-2 India along with advancement in EB-3 category for all countries. EB-3 priority dates advanced for all countries other than India, China and Philippines in the Dates for Filing Applications chart. No other changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories.
Visa Bulletin December 2015: Significant Advancement For EB-2 India
November 13, 2015
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin December 2015 shows significant advancement in EB-2 India, along with advancement in EB-2 China, EB-3 China, EB-3 India, and EB-3 Philippines. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories.
Global Entry for UK Citizens is Available Now
November 4, 2015
U.K. Citizens can register for the Global Entry program beginning December 3, 2015. Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program that allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. It is currently available at 46 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations worldwide. Learn more about the CBP Global Entry program and how to apply for Global Entry membership as a UK Citizen.
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