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AC-21 Guidance Finalized, What Kind of Job is a “Same or Similar” Job to Keep the Green Card Process Going With a New Employer

We are still talking about the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 and just now getting guidance in 2016. Back in the day, Congress recognized the burden on foreign workers and the difficulties faced by U.S. employers in retaining these skilled workers caused by the “delays in labor certification and INS visa processing.” Sixteen years, later, the burden remains unchanged, but the culprit is immigrant visa backlogs, not processing times.

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Trump’s Visa Plan Threatens NYU Indian Students

Over spring break, Donald Trump used international workers as a new political card in his continuing campaign of racism. During the Republican debate in Miami, Trump stated that he wants to scrap the H1-B visa given to foreign workers for certain entry-level or specialty employment in the U.S. Calling the program “unfair to workers,” Trump promised that he will eliminate the program upon being sworn into office and raise the minimum wage for US workers in entry level jobs.

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Webinar on STEM OPT by SEVP on April 14 2016

SEVP to Host Webinar on the STEM OPT 24-Month Extension Final Rule
DHS published a final rule that will allow certain F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of optional practical training (OPT) in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months.

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Payroll Tax Break May Not Boost Foreign Grad Hiring

Law360, New York (March 22, 2016, 3:56 PM ET) -- A work authorization rule for foreign graduates drew claims that savings from certain payroll tax breaks give companies an incentive to hire the graduates over U.S. workers, but attorneys say the tax exemption is confusing for employers and likely doesn't factor into their hiring plans.

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New OPT Rule for STEM Grads - Some Good, Some not so Good?

For the last several months, foreign students in F-1 status and potential employers have been living in limbo. A federal district court invalidated the Department of Homeland Security’s rules providing additional time in Optional Practical Training for STEM graduates (graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). The same court decision invalidated what has become known as the Cap Gap extension. On March 11, DHS issued a new rule, making some significant changes to the OPT STEM extension.

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H4 EAD news - Determining if you are eligible to file for H4 EAD or renew your H4 EAD.

H4 EAD news - Determining if you are eligible to file for H4 EAD or renew your H4 EAD.

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Immigration Talk - Radio: H4 EAD, H1B, Citizenship, H4 to F1, OPT, CARRP

Immigration Talk - Radio: H4 EAD, H1B, Citizenship, H4 to F1, OPT, CARRP

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So You've Lost the H-1B Lottery: Now What?

March 15 — With hundreds of thousands of H-1B petitions likely to be filed for a mere 85,000 slots this year, employers need to start looking at alternative ways to keep valued foreign workers in the U.S., immigration attorneys told Bloomberg BNA.

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Breaking News: Draft of SEVP Policy Guidance for Schools Eligibility!

Breaking News: Draft of SEVP Policy Guidance for Schools Eligibility!

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May 2016 Visa Bulletin Predictions by Shah Peerally

May 2016 Visa Bulletin Predictions by Shah Peerally

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