December 2015 Immigration Update

Headlines: USCIS Adds 16 Countries to H-2A/H-2B Visa Programs – The countries being added in January are Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan, and Timor-Leste. Moldova will no longer be designated as an eligible country to participate in the H-2B program because Moldova is not meeting […]

November 2015 Immigration Update

  Headlines:   1. DHS Proposes Rule on Expanding F-1 STEM OPT – Among other things, the proposal would allow F-1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months of OPT in the United States to extend the OPT period by 24 months.   2. Update on ‘Visagate’ Filing Date Fiasco: Temporary Restraining Order Denied – […]

October 2015 Immigration Update

  Headlines 1. State Dept. Moves Many Filing Dates Back From Previously Released October Visa Bulletin; Lawsuit Filed – On September 24, 2015, the Department of State issued an update that supersedes the previously released October Visa Bulletin. By moving many filing dates back, the update radically changed the recently announced benefit offered by a revised […]

September 2015 Immigration Update

  Headlines: 1.  New L-1B Memo Addresses Some Issues, But Concerns Remain – Some practitioners expressed concerns that the memo still gives adjudicators broad discretion to issue RFEs and denials. 2. USCIS Discontinues Legacy E-Filing System – After the legacy system is decommissioned and before the new system is fully operational, applicants must use paper forms for several […]

August 2015 Immigration Update

Headlines: 1. USCIS Issues Final Guidance on When To File Amended or New H-1B Petitions After Matter of Simeio Solutions – In general, H-1B petitioners must file an amended or new petition before placing an H-1B employee at a new place of employment not covered by an existing, approved H-1B petition. 2. Obama Administration Moves Forward With […]