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September 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the September 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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August 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the August 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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July 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the July 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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F1学生小心移民局暗招:薛定谔的非法滞留

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2018年5月10日,移民局曾公布了一份关于在美F/J/M学生如何计算非法滞留时间的的草案,预计在2018年8月9日生效,邀请公众评议,截止时间是2018611

很多F1学生感觉非法滞留这件事情离自己很远,并且很多新闻中把这份新政称为“逾期滞留”,让很多F1学生感觉自己只要项目结束按时办身份或者回国,这个新政和自己无关。当时各路媒体关于这份草案的新闻虽然火了一把,又像其他的头条一般随即湮没。

宋和孟律师事务所在过去的将近一个月内发现很多学生对于这份草案新规有这样几个常见的错误认识:

  • 移民局已经决定要实施这个新规了,也就是8月9日生效
  • 自己只要不在项目或者OPT结束后非法滞留就没有问题
  • 这份新规定只是移民局打击逾期滞留人员的,对按部就班读书的学生没有实质影响

如果你有上述想法,那就大错特错了。在CPT,OPT, 和STEM OPT以及F/J/M相关规定一天一个样的当前,这份新政和所有在读的学生有关。如果你曾有过下面的困惑,那你就要特别小心这个可能被实施的新规定

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Why The Proposed USCIS Memo on Unlawful Presence for F, J and M Nonimmigrants Will Cause More Trouble for Government Itself?

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By Xiaojie (Marta) Meng, Deok (Doug) Song

 

On May 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) proposed a policy memo regarding the accrual of unlawful presence for F (student), J (exchange visitor), and M (vocational student) nonimmigrants. USCIS seeks public comment regarding the proposed changes until June 11, 2018.

The proposed changes unfairly applies the law and triggers unlawful presence accrual for unsuspecting F, J, and M nonimmigrants who may not reasonably know about technical violations of status until years after the fact. Also, the proposed rule is inconsistent with existing statutes, regulations, and interpretations. The new policy change will create unintended legal and practical problems for all interested parties, including the U.S. government, nonimmigrants in these status, and the general public associated with these individuals. Thus, we respectfully and strongly urge USCIS to reconsider the implementation of the proposed policy and withdraw the proposed memo to take more time to thoroughly review it.

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June 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the June 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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H1B抽签结果开始揭晓,你抽中了没?

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过去的几天里,宋和孟律师事务所陆续看到今年受名额限制的H1B的申请费支票被移民局兑现。这意味着今年的H1B抽签结果已经开始逐步揭晓。。

宋和孟律师事务所在这里先祝贺各位已经发现自己支票被兑现的同学,也借此机会跟大家介绍下抽签结果揭晓的流程,希望可以帮助各位同学在等待期间安心稍许。

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019

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USCIS announced on April 11, 2018 that it has completed the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated number of petitions for regular cap and master’s cap for fiscal year (FY) 2019.Read More


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May 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the May 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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从F1到H1B, 不知道Cap Gap怎么行

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今年申请H1B的各位申请人,想必都已经成功递件到了移民局,正在等待H1B的抽签结果揭晓。递交了H1B申请后,可能有些申请人会发现,自己的学生身份或者OPT快要过期。那么这段时间是否还能继续留在美国?

宋和孟律师事务所(Song & Meng, PC)常常收到有关F1/OPT和H1B过渡、衔接的疑问与咨询。为了方便大家了解这中间的注意事项,孟小洁律师就有关F1/OPT结束和H1B生效之间的过渡时间,即Cap Gap的相关问题,在本文为大家作一番解说。

 

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