The Impact of the "Zero-Tolerance" Policy on Asylum Seekers

Overview             On April 6, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions penned the Memorandum for Federal Prosecutors Along the Southwest Border. The memo called for zero-tolerance in regards to 8 U.S.C. 1325(a).  Specifically, the document called for...

STEM Extension Requests for Evidence: Third Party Placement

As you may already know, in April 2018 USCIS updated its STEM OPT guidance webpage which limited the types of employers who can employ STEM OPT students. To read our firm’s article regarding the new STEM OPT guidance from USCIS, please click here. To...

Second Degree CPT May Cause Status Discrepancies

In order to study as a full-time student in the U.S., a student visa is required. These visas are commonly referred to as the F and M visas. The F-1 student visa is for academic students enrolled in a program at the accredited college, university,...

USCIS’s Attempt at Enhancing Fraud Detection  for H-1B Visas

The H-1B Visa program is designed to allow U.S. companies to recruit and employ highly-skilled foreigners. However, some think that too many qualified and willing U.S. citizens are looked over by employers, who instead, seek to employ foreign nationals....

Cross-Chargeability – Gaining a Step Up in the Line for a Green Card

Overview For employment based immigrant visas or what is commonly referred to as “green cards” there are 5 preference categories: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, and EB-5. The total number of employment based green cards that are available each year, 140,000,...

Is H-1B Consular Processing the Right Option for You?

Overview Consular processing your H-1B petition means that you apply for the visa at a U.S. consulate in your home country. If you are outside the U.S., your default option to enter into the U.S. with an H-1B visa is through consular processing. The...

Introduction to H-2B Visas

The H-2B visa allows foreign workers, of certain named countries, to work temporarily in non-agricultural jobs in the United States. H-2B Visas are for temporary jobs that may be professional, skilled, or unskilled in nature. The work must be a seasonal,...

EB-5 Visa for Immigrant Investors

EB-5 Visa Overview The EB-5 program was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy by creating jobs and capital investment by foreign investors. In order to qualify, an EB-5 investor must invest the required amount of capital ($1 million,...

USCIS to Begin Using More Secure Mail Delivery Service

On April 27, 2018, USCIS made an announcement that they will begin requiring U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service for certain documents. Starting on April 30, 2018, USCIS will be using this new delivery method...

H-4 EAD Still Valid for Now; Changes Will Likely be Proposed in June

The fate of the H-4 EAD has been in the news again recently due to the publication this week of a letter from USCIS Director Francis Cissna to Senator Charles Grassley, dated April 4,2018. In the letter, Director Cissna updates Senator Grassley on...

STEM OPT May Be Limited to In-House Work Only

Last week, USCIS updated its STEM OPT guidance webpage, limiting the types of employers who can employ STEM OPT students. This update comes from a new interpretation of what constitutes a bona fide employer-employee relationship between the company...

FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Raids.

Multiple companies were raided on March 7th  in different states. It seems that ICE has been tracking these companies through their H-1B filings. Allegations vary from claims of nonexistent Internal Projects, Duplicate H-1B filings, and fraudulent...

DACA Still in Place…For Now

As most of you know, President Trump revoked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) in September 2017 and gave Congress a deadline of March 5th to come up with a legislative fix. Federal courts in New York and California ruled in...

H-1B: USCIS Memo on Third Party Placement Q & A

On February 22, 2018, USCIS issued a new policy memo with new guidance regarding H-1B placements at third-party worksites. These are petitions where the worker is employed and sponsored by Company A but assigned to work at Company B through a contract....

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