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ESL Teacher for Stealing Thousands From Student Visa Holders

USCIS Assists in NY Case Leading to Indictment of ESL Teacher for Stealing Thousands From Student Visa Holders

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5 Things you can do with an H4 EAD

The long awaited H4 work permit is going to be here as from May 26, 2015. As such as from May 26, 2015, H4 visa holders or those changing to H4 visa under certain conditions, will be able to apply for an H4 visa work authorization (EAD).  While some are rejoiced by this news, others are still quite confused whether they should apply or not. For example, those who are on OPT and student visas are still wondering whether they should shift to an H4 status and use the work permit. I will recommend talking to a lawyer before you make the move.

Depending on your situation, the H4 work authorization can either be a blessing or not such a blessing. Nonetheless, the H4 EAD is going to be very helpful because:
 

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FY H1B 2016 predictions by Attorney Shah Peerllay

FY H1B 2016 predictions by Attorney Shah Peerllay

DesiOPT: When will petitioners know about rejections?
Shah Peerally: By beginning of June or End May we should start knowing about rejections.

DesiOPT: What are the risks for Duplicate filing? 
 

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Metropolitan Areas with Highest Ratio of H-1B Approvals to Employerment,2013

Metropolitan Areas with Highest Ratio of H-1B Approvals to Employerment,2013

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myUSCIS-Ask a Question, Get a Trusted Answer

myUSCIS-Ask a Question, Get a Trusted Answer

Earlier this year, we introduced myUSCIS, a new way for anyone to get answers to immigration questions and find immigration options. In designing this service, we asked you how you want to interact with us, and what kinds of tools would be most effective. myUSCIS is a direct result of the feedback we received.  

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6 key points for H1B FY2016 Cap Petitions

1). April 1st: H-1B Cap subjected petitions for FY 2016 will be accepted.
2). 5 Business days rule: Possibility that H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.
3). May 11th: Premium Processing of H-1B Cap cases to start on May 11, 2015

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H1B Courier delays

There are courier delays after H1B filing happened.

H1B Visa Fy 2015 cap reached

H1B cap reached for 2015. Reached in first 5 days. You have to wait for next year to file H1B.

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Can you get OPT twice if you do second masters or PhD?

OPT (Optional Practical Training) is work permits that allows F-1 visa International students to work in US prior and after graduation in your major field. OPT is authorized by USCIS. As per USCIS maximum amount of time granted to work on F-1 OPT status is 12 months per degree level. Degree levels being- Undergraduate, Masters, PhD. So for Undergraduate level you get 12 months of OPT, for Graduate another 12 months and then for Phd another 12 months. If you have completed one Masters and used your 12 months OPT period and then plan on doing another Masters, you will not be eligible for additional OPT time.

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Curricular Practical Training guidelines

Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. 

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Common Mistakes to Avoid while applying for OPT/CPT/H1B

-          Prior to applying for OPT, have a plan for your Graduation. Have a timeline and contingency plan.
-          If you are in Masters Program and applying for Post completion OPT, you can apply 90 days before and up to 60 days after the program completion. USCIS takes 90 days to process the request, so keep that in mind. 

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