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On Monday, November 30, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order that upholds U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules providing F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization eligibility for F-1 students and 24-month STEM OPT extensions of work authorization for F-1 students who graduated from qualifying STEM degree […]

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a decision setting aside the recently promulgated U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) prevailing wage rule that went into effect on October 8 without notice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule redefining “specialty occupation” for purposes of qualifying under the U.S. […]

On November 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a temporary final rule creating a six-month Pilot Program under which certain applicants for B-1/B-2 visas may be required to post a bond as a condition of visa issuance. This new rule will become effective 30 days after publication, on December 24, 2020.   This Visa Bond Pilot Program will apply only to B-1/B-2 visa […]