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ICE Targets STEM OPT Program: Promises Significant Increase in Site Inspections

A random STEM OPT inspection must not be taken lightly, and ample preparation is necessary.  STEM OPT students and employers must be ready to answer questions and turn over documents without notice.

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H-1B fee one step closer after clearing OMB

The Office of Management and Budget completed its review this week of a plan to charge a fee for H-1B registrations, moving the proposal one step closer to implementation.

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USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

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US H1-B policies put startups at a disadvantage, study finds

"On the supply side, foreign PhDs may be less likely to apply to startup jobs if they expect that startups are unlikely to sponsor them for a work visa or if they think that startups’ greater risk of failure may jeopardise their ability to obtain a visa,” the study read.

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Trump’s new immigrant rule limiting green cards could hit 700K in N.J.

More than 700,000 New Jerseyans could lose benefits under President Donald Trump’s proposed rule designed to make it harder for poorer immigrants to get green cards, allowing them to remain in the U.S. permanently.

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Indian Student Gets A Year In Jail In US For Damaging College Computers

An Indian student was sentenced to 12 months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, for intentionally damaging computer equipment of a college in New York.

 

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F-1 Visa To Marriage-Based Green Card

One mistake many international students make is filing for status adjustment at an inappropriate  time. This is because applying for a status adjustment just shortly after entering the U.S. can be considered too early and may subject your intentions to suspicion by the USCIS.

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Reminder: USCIS Rejecting Form I-129 Petitions That Lack Required Name and Address

As previously announced, on August 5, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of the form.

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DHS will perform site visits to STEM OPT employer locations.

DHS will provide notice to the employer at least 48 hours in advance of any site visit unless the visit is triggered by a complaint or other evidence of noncompliance with the STEM OPT extension regulations. 

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Indian Marriage Fraud? Arya Samaj

The Department of State has been denying nonimmigrant visa applications for certain Indian spouses on the grounds of marriage fraud.

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