Supreme Courts Lets Injunction Against DAPA and Expanded DACA Stand

On June 23, 2016, in United States v. Texas, the Supreme Court upheld an injunction on two Administrative executive action programs on immigration. The Court ruled that “…The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court..”  With these 9 words, the Court split 4 to 4, and without a 9th and deciding Justice, permitted an …

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Small Business E-Verify Users Beware: Log-in or Start Over

Starting on August 1, 2016, USCIS has announced that all E-Verify users will have to log in every 270 days to have maintain their E-Verify accounts.  E-Verify is a voluntary USCIS program which permits employers register and then check new hires through the USCIS database to determine work eligibility.  It is in addition to and …

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New F-1 Optional Practical Training STEM Rules Go Into Effect on May 10, 2106

Starting May 10, 2016, certain F-1 students who have completed their degrees can obtain extended post graduate work experience in their field using Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) beyond the 1 year period available to all graduates of bachelor degree programs.  Graduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can obtain a 24 month extension …

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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap For Fiscal Year 2017 in 7 Days

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that it had received more H-1B petitions that the statutory annual limit for H-1B employer filings for Fiscal Year 2017. Federal law permits a maximum of 65,0000 first time H-1B petitions, and an additional 20,000 first time U.S. earned advanced degree holder H-1B petitions each fiscal year.  Each federal …

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All Canadian K-1 Visa Applicants to be Interviewed in Montreal

Beginning on April 1, 2016, all interviews for K-1 fiancé applicants in Canada will be conducted at a single location: the U.S. consular post in Montreal.  That U.S. consular post currently processes immigrant visa applicants for all of Canada.  The change, according to the U.S. Department of State, is for more efficient scheduling and decision …

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