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USCIS Adjusting Premium Processing Fee

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is adjusting the premium processing fee for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers beginning on Oct. 1, 2018 to more effectively adjudicate petitions and maintain effective service to petitioners.

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USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

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USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions. USCIS expects these suspensions will last until Feb. 19, 2019, and will notify the public via uscis.gov before resuming premium processing for these petitions.Read More


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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the October 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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Updated USCIS Policies Regarding Third-Party Placement and Employer-Employee Relationship for STEM OPT Students

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On August 17, 2018, USCIS updated a few policies with regards to STEM OPT employment. The agency removed its ban on third-party placement and tightened its language regarding reporting responsibilities. Read More


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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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