ACICS Accreditation Impact On Stem OPT Extensions

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced on December 12, 2016 that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This decision of the ED affects foreign students under F and M status pursuing a program of study at ACICS-accredited schools. 18 Month Grace Period If […]

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USCIS May 2017 Visa Bulletin

USCIS has announced the Adjustment of Status Filing Charts for May 2017, providing information on which Green Card applicants can file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS in May 2017. According to the May 2017 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts, applicants under all family-based and employment-based visa preference […]

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President Trump Policy: Buy American And Hire American

President Trump has signed an Executive Order (“Buy American and Hire American”) on April 18, 2017, outlining that it shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American. The Executive Order is aimed at promoting American industry and protecting it from unfair competition. Hire American Policy – Key Features Some […]

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USCIS Completes H1B 2017 Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has completed the H1B lottery to select enough petitions to meet the annual H1B Cap of 65,000 under the general category, and 20,000 under the U.S. advanced degree exemption category (popularly known as the “H1B Masters Cap”). H1B 2017 Lottery Highlights USCIS received 199,000 H1B petitions during the 2017 […]

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FY 2018 H1B Cap Reached

Within the first 5 days of the H1B Cap 2017 filing period, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received sufficient number of H1B petitions to reach the statutory annual H1B Cap of 65,000 under the general category, and 20,000 under the U.S. advanced degree exemption category (popularly known as the “H1B Masters Cap”). The […]

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