Work with A Pending STEM OPT Extension

In the realm of U.S. immigration law, specific provisions enable international students to extend their stay and gain valuable work experience in their field of study. One critical aspect of these provisions is the ability of students on F-1 visas to apply for a STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. Under 8 CFR 274a.12(b)(6)(iv), students…

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USCIS Issues Guidance for F, M Status

In a recent and significant announcement, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued comprehensive policy guidance aimed at the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications. This guidance is a pivotal development for international students and U.S. educational institutions alike, offering much-needed clarity on various aspects including employment authorization, change of status, extension of…

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FY 2025 H-1B Cap Season: Key USCIS Updates

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has unveiled significant updates for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap season. These changes, integral to U.S. employers and foreign professionals, reflect the evolving landscape of the H-1B visa program, a cornerstone for skilled workers seeking opportunities in the United States. This blog post delves into the…

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Top Mistakes in B-1/B-2 Visa to Marriage Based Green Card

Navigating the process of obtaining green card in the United States from a B-1/B-2 visitor visa through marriage can be a complex and challenging journey. It’s fraught with potential missteps that can significantly impact the outcome of your application. This blog post highlights the top 10 mistakes to avoid in this delicate process, ensuring a…

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What to Do If You Lose Your Green Card While Traveling Abroad

For many individuals holding a U.S. green card, the thought of losing it while traveling abroad can be a source of significant stress and uncertainty. This vital document is not just a proof of your residency status but a key that allows you to re-enter the United States. In the unfortunate event that you find…

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Green Card Approval When Priority Date Not Current

Navigating the U.S. immigration system can be complex, especially when unexpected scenarios arise. Recently, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported a peculiar situation: some applicants have received Green Card approvals even when their priority dates were not current. This blog post delves into this issue, highlighting the potential challenges and offering guidance for affected…

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USCIS Revises ‘Ability to Pay’ Criteria for Employment Based Visas

The landscape of employment-based immigration is constantly evolving, and keeping abreast of these changes is crucial for employers and immigrants alike. A significant aspect of this process involves establishing an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage to beneficiaries under specific employment-based immigrant visa classifications. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its…

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USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fee

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a significant update that impacts many seeking expedited processing of their immigration-related applications. Effective from February 26, 2024, there will be an increase in the filing fee for Form I-907, known as the Request for Premium Processing. This change, influenced by inflation rates and aimed at…

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H-1B Visa Renewal Program Details

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has introduced a pilot program for the renewal of H-1B visas within the United States. This significant development is set to officially launch on January 29, 2024. The program, however, is characterized by its stringent eligibility criteria. Who Can Apply? The eligibility for this pilot program is quite specific.…

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Challenges with the New US Visa Scheduling System

In the past few weeks, several posts worldwide—including those in India, Australia, South Korea, and Japan—have switched from the US Traveldocs system to a new platform for appointment scheduling: US Visa Scheduling. As visa applicants navigate this change, a myriad of issues have arisen. We had previously reported about this in our blog Visa Appointment…

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