USCIS Changes Website, Backtracks On Foreign Student Rules

Stuart Anderson, Forbes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed itself by eliminating language from its website aimed at preventing international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) from...

Skilled Visa Denials Spiked in Late 2017, Report Finds

Law360 (July 27, 2018, 5:45 PM EDT) — The Trump administration has denied or questioned more visas for highly skilled immigrant workers since President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order last year, a policy report released Wednesday has...

Airline Staffing Executive Sentenced to Prison for Years of Immigration Fraud

SAN DIEGO – Eleno Quinteros, Jr., the former vice president of operations for two airline mechanic staffing companies, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for making false statements in support of legal permanent resident petitions for dozens of the companies’ mechanics....

USCIS Toughens “Unlawful Presence” Interpretation for F-1, M-1, and J-1 Students and Exchange Visitors, and their Dependents

On Friday, May 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new policy memorandum notifying its officers of a change in USCIS policy regarding the interpretation and calculation of unlawful presence for foreign nationals in the United States as F-1...

F-1 OPT STEM Update – No Third-Party Placement

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) updated guidance on the OPT STEM extension program that allows F-1 STEM program graduates to obtain an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization to work for employers that participate in the...

Class action granted in H-2B visa lawsuit

Kevin Kerrigan | The Guam Daily Post The District Court of Guam has granted class action status to the lawsuit filed by the Guam Contractors Association and 11 other plaintiffs against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services over USCIS’ blanket denial of H-2B visas...

U.S. Immigration agency to more closely monitor caseworkers, documents show

By Nick Miroff, The Washington Post The federal agency that runs the U.S. immigration system is creating an internal division to more rigorously police its own caseworkers, a move possibly aimed at those who may be too lenient with applicants seeking residency or citizenship,...

Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2018 ACTING PRESS SECRETARY TYLER Q. HOULTON STATEMENT ON DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS “In compliance with court injunctions, USCIS is accepting and adjudicating DACA...

USCIS Changes Policy on H-1B Petitions for Off-Site Workers

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new policy memorandum notifying USCIS adjudicators of a change in USCIS policy regarding H-1B petitions filed on behalf of employees who will be assigned to work off-site, also called...

Court Officers Can’t Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule

By JESS BIDGOOD JULY 24, 2017 BOSTON — The highest state court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday that court officers do not have the authority, under state law, to hold people in custody based solely on the requests from federal immigration authorities known as civil detainers....
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