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4 important tips you need know before you travel internationally while holding OPT status

  With the new restrictive administration under Trump, international students on OPT must know how to prepare for readmission into the United States. Students who are in transition between visa statuses are often uncertain and concerned about their readmission to the United States. Here are the general travel tips for students who are in the […]

3 things to know when you work with your employer to qualify for STEM OPT.

How to help your employer qualify for STEM OPT? What is STEM OPT and what additional requirements does it impose on the employer before you can get STEM OPT extension? STEM OPT extension grants an additional 24 months of stay after the original 12 month OPT expires, totaling a 36 month of stay. As mentioned […]

H-1b Employee’s must-knows: Rights, eligibilities and cautions in an era of immigration unrest.

A large portion of the H-1b employees do not know their rights and responsibilities while working in the United States and unaware of laws that protect them. In recent years, my office received many complaints from H-1b employees, particularly in the Information Technology field, who reported abuse by their employers. The complains generally surround not […]

5 major points to know about the imminent DHS memo on Guidance for Border Security that will impact asylum seeker and immigration detention procedure

DHS is soon to issue a new Guidance on Border Security that can impact immigration detention, asylum application and expedited removal.

Survival​ ​guide​ ​for​ ​newly​ ​admitted​ ​international​ ​students​ ​facing​ ​travel​ ​ban​ ​and​ ​visa​ ​reform under​ ​Donald​ ​Trump’s​ ​Administration

International students are advised against traveling internationally before the new executive order is issued. There were 897,000 international students attending U.S. universities in 2016, contributing approximately $36 billions to the U.S. economy. Although these numbers are steadily increasing year over year, how many newly admitted international students for Fall 2017 are in the shadow of […]

I heard that H4 EAD rule will likely be revoked by Donald Trump, here are 3 reasons why that won’t happen.

In November 2016, USCIS published the Final Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs that made H4 EAD a rule. USCIS has made the EAD for H-4 status holder (spouse of H-1b status holder) a rule. The rule has gone into effect in 2017 and many spouses of H-1b status holder eagerly await […]

How early should I start preparing for my H-1b petition to meet the April filing deadline with USCIS?

H-1b employers and applicant employees often wonder how early to start preparing for H-1b petition filing, so we generally recommend at least 30 days. H-1b petition packet is consisted of several different important components, such as the Labor Condition Application (LCA), Application Form I-129, employer support letter that details the applicant’s eligibility, detailed job description […]

CNN: Trump to order construction of border wall, boosting deportations, but DACA is likely to survive, for now.

As president Trump takes the highest seat of the United States, immigration is once again thrusted into the center of the political spotlight. Although no detail has emerged, president Trump will likely increase immigration enforcement through tripping the number of ICE agents and officers, who are responsible for enforcing US Immigration law. Although it is […]

3 Important Tips on How to Negotiate H-1b and Other Work Visa Sponsorship When Applying for a Job in the United States

US employers are grossly unequipped to understand work visa sponsorship and often do not care to learn. Often when I speak to international students who are on Optional Practical Training and other foreign nationals who are applying for a job in the United States, I hear their frustration about the employers not knowing much about […]

Please be aware that USCIS recently updated application forms and set dates by which old version will no longer be accepted.

USCIS has uploaded new version of immigration application forms recently and applicants should be aware to only use the new versions. The following is a summarization of the updates granted by US Citizenship and Immigration Services over the past 30 days. As of December 23, 2016 the Application for Naturalization on Form N-400 has been […]