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3 Big Impacts along with OPT Ext Cancellation

Federal court decision on F-1 work authorization poses massive headaches for employers unless USCIS implements a new rule in the next 6 months

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia significantly curtailed immigration benefits for foreign students in the United States on F-1 visas. In her opinion in the case Washington Alliance of Technology Workers vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle invalidated USCIS’s 2008 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension rule.

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OPT STEM Extension Cancelled by Court

Breaking News: Judge rules that the Regulation for extending the STEM OPT to 29 months (from 12 months) was done inappropriately and is thus invalid. This ruling will become effective on February 12, 2016

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Two most common reasons for RFE

1.What are the most common reasons for RFE?
RFEs are essentially a sign that some legal requirement has not been satisfactorily proven. They can be "simple" requests for specific documents, or they can be a sign of a more fundamental problem. Which kind of RFE one receives is not easy to determine without the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer.

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Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make When Sponsoring H-1B Temporary Workers

The H-1B season is off and running! With a strong U.S. employment report, this may well be another lottery year. All petitions must be ready for submission by March 31 to ensure they make the cut of petitions considered.

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Indians bag 86% of H-1B visas: Study

Most of the H-1B visas granted by the US government for workers in computer jobs are for people from India, according to new data.

 

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Possible Nightmare at the US consulate- H1B Stamping

You’re a student working on OPT whose status is about to expire. Logically, you ask your company to sponsor you for H-1B. Your company happily obliges. After a longer than normal processing time and after responding to a 20 page Request for Evidence from USCIS your H-1B is finally approved. The news is exhilarating as H-1B is often the first step towards an employment based Green Card for many highly educated immigrants in the United States.

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Got RFE: Should I hire Immigration Attorney?

F1 Students: Have you received an RFE on an OPT application? As an immigration attorney, I often get calls from students who have received an RFE, and sometimes a second RFE, on an OPT application. They are searching for immigration attorneys to help respond. I explain to them that responding to an RFE is often not as straight-forward as providing what is being requested. Often times, the documents requested indicate a deeper problem in proving a fundamental element of the OPT requirements.

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Does all Master’s degree from the United States qualify in the H1B Cap as Master’s Cap?

Many are tempted to file their H1B under the Master’s Cap quota because the chances of making it in the H1B lottery seems to be higher.  However, the actual question to be asked is whether all master’s degree from United States institution can qualify for the Master’s Cap? The simple answer is a big NO. 

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Victim identified, two arrested in shooting at Wichita State University

Wichita police say they arrested two people on Sunday, in a shooting that happened on the Wichita State University campus.

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ULM student found dead in apartment

Monroe police are investigating the death of an Asian ULM international student found dead in the 400 block of Filhiol Avenue.

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