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DMV Benefits for H/L Receiving an Automatic 240-Day Extension of Work Authorization

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On February 25, 2016, the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s Office hosted a public teleconference on issues related to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) benefits for certain nonimmigrant workers, including H and L nonimmigrants.  Individuals whose employers timely file for extension of nonimmigrant status receive an automatic 240-day extension of work authorization while the petition remains unadjudicated.  The discussion focused on the impact of the REAL ID Act on how states DMVs treat individuals subject to the 240-day rule for non-immigrant workers.

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May 2016 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the visa bulletin for May 2016. Below is a copy of the visa bulletin for the employment-based category and a summary of the changes.

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USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery for FY 2017

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USCIS announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.Read More


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H1B抽签结果开始揭晓,你抽中了没?

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从昨晚(4月11日)开始,宋和孟律师事务所陆续收到今年受名额限制的部分H1B的受理通知。这意味着今年的H1B抽签结果已经开始揭晓。今年移民局总共收到了236,000份H1B申请,比去年多了3000份,基本持平,并未出现大家所担心的大幅增长。

从截止到今天(4月12日)的情况来看,目前收到的通知都是硕士学位加急处理的案件。 得知自己抽上的申请人,自然分外的惊喜和兴奋。而没有收到通知的同学们,则显得有些焦虑和紧张,纷纷询问自己的情况,什么时候会知道结果。

宋和孟律师事务所在这里先祝贺各位已经得到通知的同学,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 Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.

USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption.

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April 2016 Visa Bulletin Release

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For Family-Sponsored Filings:
You may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart for April 2016.

For Employment-Based Filings:
You must use the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for April 2016.


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USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016

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On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

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终于等到你:STEM OPT本周五将迎来大结局

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今天(2016年3月9日),ICE(US Immigration and Customs Enforcement)宣布,本周五(311日)将在Federal Registrar上发布STEM OPT规定的终稿!新法案将于今年510号生效。这对于广大STEM专业的同学而言,无疑是一个重大的好消息。提心吊胆的同学们,可以终于松一口气了。

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移民局新年首场EB5会议,I-829阶段或将有面试

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春节前夕的2月3日,美国移民局召开了公众听证会议,与大家沟通交流EB5案件审理的趋势并答疑。宋和孟律师事务所(Song & Meng, PC)的孟小洁律师参加了此次会议。

根据宋和孟律师事务所的观察,目前的EB5局势有几点需要特别注意的:1)案件审理时间变长的影响;2)大陆申请人排期变长的影响和双排期下儿童年龄锁定的疑问;以及3)中国方面近期外汇管制的影响。

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STEM OPT延期至5月,同时申H1B好纠结

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1月23日,法院判决,允许国土安全部可以延期到5月10日公布STEM OPT的新规。这一宣判让好多为STEM OPT生死未卜而提心吊胆的同学和雇主们松了口气。宋和孟律师事务所也很高兴看到STEM OPT的进程正在有序进行中 。

关于STEM OPT整个事件的前世今生,欢迎参考宋和孟律师事务所之前的博客文章《盘点2015年美国移民法八大新政(职业移民篇)》,关于STEM OPT新政的讨论,欢迎参考《不再是一生一回的福利,24个月STEM OPT细则出炉》。这次法院判决,明确了一个事情,那就是现行的STEM OPT继续有效至5月10日。也就是说,510日前,移民局仍然根据现有规定受理STEM OPT的申请

持续关注STEM OPT进展的各位,想必个个都是学霸,不给大家来点新内容,再来炒冷饭,都觉得对不起看官。恰逢现在正好是H1B申请季,宋和孟律师事务所的孟小洁律师在这里就先略过STEM OPT风波的前世今生,也略过STEM OPT的基本概念,从一个纯技术流的角度,跟大家探讨下STEM OPT和H1B申请之间,时常出现、却又错综复杂的相互关系。

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