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

Much has been reported regarding President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA). And, of course, there is still uncertainty regarding when and exactly what measures will be implemented by the Immigration Service.

With so much speculation on the topic, and an abundance of DACA and DAPA information, it’s not particularly easy to understand what the

Every April Fool’s Day, we play tricks on one another, good natured fun with hoaxes usually followed by a cry of “April fool!” and a good hearty laugh.

Consider that you run a for profit business that is constantly looking for talent and are seeking to keep certain foreign nationals who have proven that they

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

Reminder – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) anticipates that the H-1B cap for the upcoming fiscal year will be reached by April 5.  The announcement states:

“Based on feedback from a number of stakeholders, USCIS anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013 and April 5,

Concerns have been expressed recently about USCIS’ processing times and significant delays in its adjudication of H-1B cap-subject petitions at both the Vermont and California Service Centers.  These delays may cause disruptions for employers who rely on the arrival of new H-1B workers and/or the continued employment of F-1 practical trainees as H-1B workers as