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The Immigration Law Blog provides updates and analysis of federal immigration law for individuals and companies. Topics include Deferred Action (Acción Diferida para Jóvenes), I-9 audits, H1-B processing, Nexus Frequent Travel Requirements , immigrant visas and more. 

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New STEM OPT Rule Goes Into Effect May 10: Good news and challenges - April 14, 2016

Both F-1 students and employers have been following the litigation over the F-1 OPT (optional practical training) program. We had good news in March that the government published regulations complying with the judge's order to implement the STEM OPT program. The rule will take effect May 10, 2016. Read More »


Information about H-1B Filings FY2017 - March 31, 2016

The H-1B "cap" petition filing deadline is quickly approaching. As a reminder, this is the national deadline for submitted petitions to sponsor workers in "specialty occupations" for those positions that are subject to the numerical limitation or "cap" for H-1B visas each federal fiscal year. Read More »


Immigration Update: Court grants government extension request for OPT STEM rule - January 25, 2016

The court granted the government (Department of Homeland Security or "DHS") more time to comply with the order to re-publish the final rule per the Administrative Procedures Act. The extension to May 10, 2016, means that the final rule will need to be published by Friday, March 11, 2016. Read More »


U.S. Department of State Implements Visa Waiver Program Entry Restrictions - January 22, 2016

The government has now started implementing a rule disallowing "Visa Waiver" entries for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan (whether or not they have ever visited those countries) and persons from any country who have visited those countries after March 1, 2011. Read More »


Update on STEM OPT Litigation - January 20, 2016

Many of you are following the STEM OPT saga closely. As the original deadline of February 12, 2016, approaches, we are providing this brief update. Read More »


Budget bill brings both relief and disappointment (or Congressional leadership is both naughty and nice*) - December 16, 2015

Congressional leaders worked late into the night Tuesday to reach agreement on the federal budget (or omnibus appropriations in Washington-speak). Although the bill has not become law, passage is expected this week. Read More »


Immigration Update: Visa application dates moved back in some categories for October 1 filings - September 28, 2015

The Department of State released a revised October Visa Bulletin Friday, September 25. The revision moves back several categories in the new Dates for Filing charts. Read More »


New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October - September 9, 2015

Some hoped-for change is finally here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have coordinated a system to allow "early" filing of the final step in the green card process for certain people currently residing in the U.S., and who are eligible to "adjust status" but whose priority date is not yet "current." Read More »


What is going on with STEM OPT? - August 26, 2015

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision. Read More »


Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS update on EAD for DACA recipients - July 23, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently shared important information for DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015. Read More »


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