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Visa Holder? Consider This Before Pursuing A New Business Idea

One of the most common questions I get as an immigration lawyer in Silicon Valley, having helped many immigrant entrepreneurs over the last decade, is whether visa holders can pursue a business idea that was not the focus of their current underlying visa status.

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Perfect your job search plan: 30, 60, and 90-day benchmarks

Job searching isn’t something you want to go into blindly, especially if you want to see the results of your hard work. Staying organized and having a plan in place can be the difference between a successful job search and a chaotic one.

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OPT litigation update

While the OPT and STEM-OPT litigation is being closely watched, it is important to note that the rules that allow eligible F-1 students to apply for work authorization under the OPT and STEM-OPT extension programs remain in place today. The judge has set a target date of March 6 to rule on the parties’ motions for summary judgment and decide whether the case will proceed to trial. 

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Court Victory for Foreign Students Enrolled in Fake College

A federal appeals court on Thursday gave new life to a legal challenge filed by a group of foreign nationals whose student visa statuses were terminated due to their enrollment in a sham university established by the federal government in a sting operation to snare alleged visa fraudsters.

The case involves the "University of Northern New Jersey," a fake institution created by the Department of Homeland Security that had the outer trappings of a real university -- including approval from two federally recognized accrediting bodies (both wiling partners in the scheme) -- but offered no classes and had no faculty.
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ICE Targets STEM OPT Program: Promises Significant Increase in Site Inspections

A random STEM OPT inspection must not be taken lightly, and ample preparation is necessary.  STEM OPT students and employers must be ready to answer questions and turn over documents without notice.

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Indian Student Gets A Year In Jail In US For Damaging College Computers

An Indian student was sentenced to 12 months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, for intentionally damaging computer equipment of a college in New York.

 

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DHS will perform site visits to STEM OPT employer locations.

DHS will provide notice to the employer at least 48 hours in advance of any site visit unless the visit is triggered by a complaint or other evidence of noncompliance with the STEM OPT extension regulations. 

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Congress Questions DHS On Immigration Processing Delays

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship asked the Department of Homeland Security to account for the delays in immigration processing at a hearing on July 16, 2019.

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ICE Starts Immigration Site Visits For Students On STEM OPT

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers could question international students and company managers during new site visits underway to investigate students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. 

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Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration

The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications.

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