The so-called “Startup Visa” has been proposed and debated for years, and finally in January 2017, the closest version to the Startup Visa, the International Entrepreneur Rule was made into the law. It was supposed to take effect on July 17, 2017, but now the government decided to postpone the effective date until March 14, 2018, and is calling for “comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule.” We only have 30 days to submit our comments on this rule, which ends on August 10, 2017, so let’s submit our voices soon! Continue reading
Are you wondering what’s going on with your H1B CAP petition this year? Lottery result? Adjudication result? Request for Evidence (RFE)? Premium Processing? Here are some updates on the current general situation and some tips that may help you. Continue reading
On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security published International Entrepreneur Rule which is the closest to the “Startup Visa” that was proposed years ago. This new rule will allow entrepreneurs at a start-up company to stay and work in the U.S. for up to 5 years. This new rule takes effect on July 17, 2017. Continue reading
On November 18, 2016, the USCIS announced its Final Rule for the proposed rule announced almost a year ago, affecting certain employment-based immigrants and high skilled non-immigrant workers. This Final Rule will become effective on January 17, 2017. For most parts, the new rules are beneficial for those affected. The followings are some of the highlights of the new rules. Continue reading
In recent months, there have been numerous reports about visa holders’ visas been revoked by a U.S. embassy or consulate after the visa holder was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the United States. This is a new trend, and you will be subject to revocation even if you were not convicted for the DUI. So, all visa holders, be aware and be careful! Continue reading
On 03/11/2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule for OPT extension for STEM students. The biggest benefit for F1 students is the increased length of OPT extension from 17 months to 24 months. Now the STEM students can be employed for 3 years after graduation. However, the new rule also adds new requirements and creates burdens on F1 students and employers by, for example, requiring a formal training plans. The following is the summary of extension application requirements under the new rule. Continue reading
[Update]: The Final Rule of this proposed rule was announced on November 18, 2016. For details, please see “New Rule for High Skilled Worker“.
On the last day of 2015, the USCIS announced a “Proposed Rule Affecting Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs” and asked for public comments. These rules, if become law, will greatly benefit the high skilled non-immigrant workers as well as those applying for green card. The followings are some of the highlights of the proposed rules. Continue reading