Blog Posts in April, 2019

  • Important Reporting Requirements for STEM OPT Students

    If you are participating in a STEM OPT program, you must keep track of the following important reporting requirements in order to maintain your F-1 status: Regularly check in with your DSO to validate Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) information and report changes made to your Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.” Every 6 months, you must confirm that your SEVIS ...
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  • Barr Makes Significant Changes to Immigration Courts

    After being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has set his sights on making substantial changes to immigration courts. Under Barr, the Justice Department is set to issue new rule changes that will make it easier for appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. Among the changes was expanding the use of single-judge, cursory ...
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  • Leader of Militia Detaining Migrants at the Border Arrested by FBI

    Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), was recently arrested by the FBI just days after video was released showing the group holding migrants near the U.S border against their will. Hopkins was arrested in New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. In 2017, the FBI discovered weapons at Hopkins’s residence after the ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Statutory Limit of H-1B Cap Cases for Fiscal Year 2020

    On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS reaches the H-1B Regular Cap for FY 2020

    U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, April 5, 2019 that they have received sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. The fiscal year begins October 1, 2019 ...
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