Saturday, March 11, 2017
United States immigration polices are often complex and can be very confusing. If you are an international student who is looking to come to the United States to study or work, there are several different academic visas that you might be able to obtain.
It is important that you are aware of the specific regulations and stipulations associated with each visa type. The breadth, depth and scope of some of the rules and regulations associated with some of the visas can be overwhelming. The entire application process can sometimes take long amounts of time and require a lot of different paperwork and diligence on your part.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015
On October 19, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. The comments are due by November 18, 2015. In addition to improving the integrity and value of the STEM OPT program, this proposed rule also responds to a court decision that vacated a 2008 DHS regulation on procedural grounds. The proposed rule includes changes to the policies announced in the 2008 rule to further enhance the academic benefit provided by STEM OPT extensions and increase oversight, which will better ensure that students gain valuable practical STEM experience that supplements knowledge gained through their academic studies, while preventing adverse effects to U.S. workers.Read more . . .
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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In a new set of regulations, the U.S. is seeking changes to what’s called the Operational Practical Training (OPT) program after a federal court ruled in August that the Government erred by not seeking public comment earlier.
Friday, August 21, 2015
This past week, a Federal District Court decided Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. DHS. The lawsuit sought to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain practical experience in the U.S. following their full-time course of study. The Court invalidated a 2008 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule which permits an F-1 student to receive up to a seventeen (17) month extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT) on top of the twelve (12) months previously authorized (for a maximum of twenty-nine months), if their field of study is in a designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field and the employer is registered in the E-Verify Program.Read more . . .
Monday, October 28, 2013
The following is the information with regard to AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) intake on persons who overstay their visas.
Policymakers are calling for a solution to address those who have "overstayed their visas." However, the label of "visa overstays" is widely misused and misunderstood. The reality is that identifying visa overstays is an ambiguous, difficult task, a fact often overlooked in these debates.Read more . . .
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
International Students to Be Subject to Increased Scrutiny Upon Return to the U.S.
According to an internal memorandum from a senior official at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), all F-1 visa holders seeking admission to the United States will now have the validity of their student status checked by a border agent prior to being admitted into the country.Read more . . .
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
On October 11, 2011, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced a new initiative to harness industry expertise from the public and private sectors and increase the job creation potential of employment-based and high-skilled visa categories. Called 'Entrepreneurs in Residence', the initiative built upon a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts within the framework of existing immigration laws. The EIR program was part of a wider White House and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effort to grow the U.S. economy and create American jobs.Read more . . .
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The EB-5 Regional Center Program, similar to the EB-5 Investor Program, enables stimulation of the U.S. economy by overseas investors, the difference being that the EB-5 Regional Center Program is provided for by "The Immigrant Investor Pilot Program" through investments that are affiliated with an economical unit known as a "Regional Center". Under the main EB-5 Investor Program, minimum investment of $1 million dollars is required. However, under the Regional Center Program, minimum investment of $500,000 is required. In both cases, job creation of at least 10 U.S. workers is required. EB-5 Program, which was scheduled to expire on September 30, 2012, has been extended to September 30, 2015.Read more . . .
Monday, July 25, 2011
Types of J Waivers
There are five statutory bases for a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement:Read more . . .
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