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DHS Implements Two-Year OPT Extension for STEM Students

DHS Implements Two-Year OPT Extension for STEM Students

May 24, 2016

On May 10, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began the implementation of a new rule allowing F1 visa holders with science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) courses to extend their one-year Optional Practical Training (OPT) period for an additional 24 months.

USCIS Finishes Data Entry of FY 2017 H1-B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS Finishes Data Entry of FY 2017 H1-B Cap-Subject Petitions

May 06, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the completion of the data entry of all fiscal year (FY) 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions.

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

April 29, 2016

On April 7, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS Updated on April 12th, 2016 that they have received over 236,000 petitions for FY 2017 quota and the lottery was completed on April 9th.
DHS Debuts Known Employer Pilot Program

DHS Debuts Known Employer Pilot Program

April 29, 2016

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently launched a Known Employer pilot program with the aim to improve the speed and efficiency of the employment eligibility adjudication process.
US 24-month F-1 Stem OPT Rule Effective May 10, 2016

US 24-month F-1 Stem OPT Rule Effective May 10, 2016

March 23, 2016

On March 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted to the Federal Register a final rule regarding certain F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions.
USCIS Extends Work Authorization to 240 Days for H1-B1, CW-1, E-3 Visas

USCIS Extends Work Authorization to 240 Days for H1-B1, CW-1, E-3 Visas

February 26, 2016

On February 16, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a new regulation to the Federal Register. This action presented USCIS’s effort to improve the administrative procedure by allowing dual intent for H-1B1, CW-1 and E-3 Visa status holders. Prior to this event, the original proposal of this regulation had already been published in April 2015.
US Begins Carrying out Changes to Visa Waiver Program

US Begins Carrying out Changes to Visa Waiver Program

February 19, 2016

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes pursuant to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).
Increased US H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees Announced

Increased US H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees Announced

January 15, 2016

On Jan 12, 2016, USCIS formally announced the implementation of new fee increases for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners, as set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on Dec 18, 2015.
US Announces Deadline for Yemenis to Apply for TPS

US Announces Deadline for Yemenis to Apply for TPS

January 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 1 shall be the deadline for eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS designation for Yemen runs from September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017.
US Extends Global Entry Service to UK Citizens

US Extends Global Entry Service to UK Citizens

December 02, 2015

Global Entry, which provides expedited screening for members at the US border, will be available to British citizens from 3 December.