Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing redesigned versions of the Permanent Resident Card (aka a “Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.

The redesigned cards use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly

On November 18, 2016, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to “improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs.” This final rule also “amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting

With the end of STEM OPT looming, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a much-awaited Proposed Rule on October 19, 2015, regarding STEM OPT and Cap-Gap Relief.  (See https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/19/2015-26395/improving-and-expanding-training-opportunities-for-f-1-nonimmigrant-students-with-stem-degrees-and.)

Highlights of the Proposed Rule, captioned “Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All

If you’re waiting for your employment card or greencard to be issued, your wait may be slightly longer than usual by a few weeks. 

AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association) provided notice that there have been reports of delayed issuance of employment cards (EADs) and of US Permanent Residence cards.  The delay is not in

Since 2008, DHS has permitted F-1 students whose study was in a STEM field and whose employer is an E-Verify participant to have an additional 17-month period of OPT (Optional Practical Training).  Thousands of students and E-Verify employers have benefited from this extended period of employment authorization.  The work of these students has resulted in

There is bad news for those hoping to avail of expanded DACA eligibility.  You may recall that President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA) set the stage for several million people to be eligible for DACA employment authorization.   USCIS had announced plans to begin accepting employment card applications from these newly eligible applicants beginning today. 

If you’re anxiously awaiting news regarding work authorization for certain H-4 nonimmigrants, here’s the latest:

  • The period for submitting comments regarding the proposed rule closed on July 11, 2014.
  • In an open call held on August 14, 2014, USCIS Director León Rodríguez stated that the Service is in the process of considering the comments received. 

H-1B visa cap season is rapidly approaching as the deadline to file for Fiscal Year 2015 begins April 1, 2014 and ends April 7, 2014 (the first five business days of April).  We strongly encourage Employers to begin preparing for the H-1B visa process as soon as possible and to not wait till the last

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an Interim Memo for Comment (Policy Memo or PM-602-0090) on October 21, 2013, to clarify the availability of the 17-month STEM Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) to students who have completed all course requirements, excluding a thesis requirement or equivalent.

During the effective period of the Interim Policy

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Notice for publication in the Federal Register announcing the extension and redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an 18-month period from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015.  The notice is expected to appear in the Federal Register on