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New State Department Social Media Requirement Expected to Cause Delays

Foreign nationals are now required to provide a five-year history of social media usernames, telephone numbers, and email addresses when applying for U.S. nonimmigrant or immigrant visas. The plan to require more information from visa applicants has been in the works since 2017, when President Donald Trump called on the U.S. 

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Significant Delays by USCIS in Processing and Issuance of Post-Completion OPT EADs for International Students

Hundreds of international students are unable to begin their post-graduate Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment due to USCIS delays in processing their applications for work authorization.  The post-completion OPT program allows international students attending a U.S.

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H1B Change of Employer: Process Guidance

Under your initial H1B visa you will only be permitted to work for a specific employer in the United States. As such, if you change jobs, your new employer will need to file a fresh petition on your behalf prior to the expiry of your existing status. This is known as an H1B visa transfer.

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Social media now an important part of US immigration law

Many people do not take social media seriously. Even those who do understand the implications of using social media may have started out on these platforms when they were teenagers, and in their adolescence may have made seemingly unwise posts. However, one or two questionable social media posts should not prevent anyone who is hoping to immigrate to Louisiana. An attorney who is well-versed in U.S. immigration law can generally help individuals better understand how their social media accounts will affect their applications.

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Trump threatens to begin deporting undocumented immigrants

US President Donald Trump has said that immigration enforcement authorities would begin deporting millions of undocumented migrants from the country in the coming week.

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New H-1B Visa Process – What’s Ahead and What Does it Mean for You?

You can survive and thrive in the new H-1B era.

If you’re among the thousands of employers who rely on highly skilled H-1B workers, or are planning to file a petition next year, Mr. Lin offers the following advice:

-Be prepared. “Be ready to demonstrate your need for each recruited employee, and to explain and defend the minimum education requirement, as both are required qualifiers,” explains Mr. Lin. Employers need to have an intimate understanding of what the potential H-1B employee will be doing and what is actually required for the position in terms of education and experience. Employers must also consider how they will document this work and support the need for a specific level of education and experience, particularly in light of the stricter evidence thresholds that are currently in place.

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New Social Media Question on Visa Application Forms

The State Department is not requesting passwords, stating, “Only that content which a social media account holder shares publicly will be viewed by the Department.”

Critics see the social media questions as an invasion of privacy. The State Department’s is collecting information even about “anonymous” accounts, meaning accounts such as on Twitter where the social media company does not require the user’s real name for registration. Critics complain that this chills free speech, pointing out that as far back as the American Revolution anonymous speech was an important part of political dialogue. Arguably the single most influential piece leading to American independence was “Common Sense,” penned anonymously by Thomas Paine. A decade later, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay called themselves “Publius” when they published their views on the proposed Constitution in the Federalist Papers.

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What is Annual Vacation?

Before taking annual vacation, F-1 students should speak with their designated school official (DSO). Their DSO can confirm their eligibility for vacation and should sign the student’s Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” if they plan to travel outside of the United States.

F-1 students must be enrolled in a full course of study any time they are not on annual vacation.

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F-1 Students: Learn the Rules for Summer Employment and Training

If you are an F-1 international student who wants to train, intern or work this summer, your first step is to talk to your designated school official (DSO).

It is illegal to work in the United States without authorization, so it is important that you speak with your DSO to make sure you follow the rules and maintain your student status.

The summer training and work opportunities available to you depend on what type of authorization you have or apply for, and whether you are eligible to take annual vacation.

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MSU international students face additional employment hurdles

About 1,300 international students attend Minnesota State University, Mankato to further their education and get the most out of their experience there, which includes getting work.

However, Director of International Services Jacy Fry said it can be a hassle for them.

“With that number of students, it’s pretty competitive to find an on campus position so we encourage students to come ready," said Fry.

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