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F-1 Students Experiencing OPT Delays May be Entitled to "Flexibilities"

Mar 2, 2021

International students that come to the United States on an F-1 visa do so in part because they can qualify for optional professional training (OPT). That gives them a year—and up to two additio...

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New Regulations Radically Change the H-1B Lottery

Jan 12, 2021

In November 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new regulations that would radically change the H-1B lottery. As immigration lawyers that specialize in work...

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The Importance of Language Access in Immigration Proceedings

Sep 29, 2020

On September 22, the Department of Homeland Security sent out a press release that seemed innocent but worried us as immigration attorneys.  It began, “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service...

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The Visa Bulletin Raises More Questions than it Answers About Permanent Residency Visas

Sep 24, 2020

If you want to get into the true intricacies of immigration law, then welcome to the visa bulletin.  The demand for permanent residence—a green card—exceeds the supply of cards ava...

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How Do We Deal with USCIS' Budget Issues?

Aug 31, 2020

As immigration lawyers, we deal extensively with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and when the agency announced in June that it needed to furlough almost 70 percent of its s...

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USCIS to Hike Fees October 2

Aug 14, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its sadly predictable solution to the budgetary issues that prompted United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to threaten to f...

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USCIS Facing Possible Furloughs, Slow Downs

Jun 30, 2020

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS) announced that unless it received $1.2 billion to pay employees, it would be forced to furlough approximately two-thirds of its work force...

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Can Foreign Nationals Collect Unemployment Insurance During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Apr 2, 2020

Recently, we’ve been receiving questions about how foreign nationals collect unemployment insurance—if they can receive it at all.  The short answer is yes, but …. Certain foreign n...

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We're Still Open, and So Are Immigration Courts. Sort Of.

Mar 16, 2020

[Updated] We’re still open. On Sunday, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell described the situation in the city as fluid, and by the time you read this, it may have changed again. We’re all doing our bes...

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Citizenship Fee Hikes Get Injunction, Immigration Records Fee Hike Proposed

Dec 12, 2019

In November, we reported that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had proposed raising fees to apply for citizenship and asylum. It proposed raising the cost of applying for a m...

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