31 Jan 2017

Possible Executive Order Targeting Employment-Based Immigration

President Trump has already signed several immigration-related executive orders, and it appears that more are on the way. One leaked proposed order, entitled "Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs" includes a number of provisions...

30 Jan 2017

Will the F-1 OPT be impacted?

Answer This is unclear. There have been rumors of potential changes to the STEM OPT program. However, STEM OPT is a formal regulation, and would require action by Congress, or a (lengthy) formal rulemaking process. (30.Jan.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior...

09 Jan 2017

I am on OPT and will be filing for H1B this year. If the case is approved, will I need to go for stamping? If not, can my dependent still go for stamping, since she is outside the U.S.?

Answer In general, a visa "stamp" is only required for purposes of reentering the U.S. after foreign travel. Otherwise, one can change status within the U.S. One's dependent typically should be able to receive an H-4 "stamp" in this scenario. (09.Jan.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat,...

29 Dec 2016

DOE Response to MLF Attorneys on Validity of Degree Issued Prior to University’s Loss of Accreditation

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) generally will only recognize a U.S. degree that is issued by an accredited institution. Moreover, the accreditation must be granted by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). How is a degree viewed, however,...