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USCIS Appears to Question Immediate F-1 CPT Validity for Second Degree Students

Our office has been seeing cases and reports that USCIS is changing their approach and starts to question the validity of F-1 CPT work authorization especially in cases where the F-1 foreign student has used more than 12 months of combined CPT and OPT at the same degree level.     Most often this issue is [...]

By | 2018-02-15T13:12:54+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Articles, Employers, F-1, H-1B, News, News Alert, Students|

How to Increase the H-1B Cap Lottery Chances of Success This Year?

With the approaching H-1B cap filing season, one of the most common concerns we are hearing from both prospective H-1B employers and candidates is about the H-1B cap lottery and the fact that the random lottery does not provide a great chance of an H-1B application being selected for review. Our office has handled thousands [...]

By | 2018-02-08T13:09:23+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Articles, F-1, H-1B, News, Students|

Nonimmigrant Visa Services Suspended at US Consulates in Russia

The U.S. Embassy in Russia has announced that starting August 23, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended. Beginning September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and interviews at the St. Petersburg, Yekaterininburg and Vladivostok will be cancelled. What is the Reason [...]

By | 2017-08-23T13:14:35+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Articles, News, News Alert, Students, Travel, Visa Processing|

Reminder: OPT Cap-Gap Employment with Pending H-1B Valid Only Until September 30th

This year’s busy H-1B cap season included many H-1B employee candidates who hold F-1 status and who are employed in the U.S. pursuant to F-1 optional practical training (OPT) status.    Out of these F-1 visa holders, many rely on the OPT cap-gap rule to continue working in the U.S. after the post-April [...]

By | 2017-08-17T12:07:47+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Articles, F-1, News, News Alert, Students|

The F-1 OPT Cap-Gap Rule: Extension of Post-Completion OPT and F-1 Status for Eligible Students Applying for H-1B Cap

Spring and early summer are generally busy period for recent foreign college graduates as far as employment immigration is concerned.  On one hand, foreign college graduates are either applying for their initial term OPT, their 24-month STEM extensions (if they qualify) or their H-1B work visas under the H-1B cap. Our office fields many questions [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Articles, F-1, H-1B, News, Students|

President-elect Trump and Immigration: Initial Thoughts

During the election campaign, President-elect Trump put immigration at the center of his agenda and platform and made a commitment to the voters to take immediate steps relating to immigration upon taking office on January 20, 2017.   There are certain immigration-related steps that can be done immediately upon taking office, by [...]

The University of Northern New Jersey Story and Importance of Good F-1 Student Habits

Many of our readers are aware of the University of Northern New Jersey story from early April 2016 where federal agents arrested and charged a number of individuals described as brokers, recruiters and employers with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, among other charges.    The university, which turned out to be a fake [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:06+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Articles, F-1, News, Students|

How to Increase the H-1B Cap Lottery Chance of Success?

With the approaching H-1B cap filing season, one of the most common concerns we are hearing from both prospective H-1B employers and candidates is about the H-1B cap lottery and the fact that the random lottery does not provide a great chance of an H-1B application being selected for review. Our office has handled thousands [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:06+00:00 February 14th, 2016|Articles, Employers, F-1, H-1B, News, Students|

STEM OPT Rule Update: DHS Has Until May 10, 2016 to Implement New STEM OPT Rule

In a much-anticipated decision dated January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sided with the Department of Homeland Security's request for extension to extend the vacatur of the current STEM OPT rule which was struck down on August 12, 2015.    The current STEM OPT rule continues to remain valid until [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:07+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Articles, F-1, News, News Alert, Students|

The Automatic Visa Revalidation Program Allows Travel to Contiguous Territories Without Needing a Visa Stamp

Foreign nationals who are in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant status are aware (we hope) that normally they need to have a valid U.S. visa stamp in order to reenter the U.S. after a trip abroad.    Every day our office fields questions by nonimmigrant status holders about the process of renewing their [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:08+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Articles, News, Students, Travel, Visa Processing|