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Oct 30, 2020

Lawsuit Filed on the New H-1B Wage Rule

A lawsuit has been filed against the new Department of Labor (DOL) H-1B wage rule, seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction. Many analysts, such as the National Foundation for American Policy and economic researchers, believe that the new H-1B wage rule acts as a deterrent to H-1B employers by significantly raising the minimum wage required to employ foreign workers. » Read More

Oct 23, 2020

ICE Arrests International Students Across the United States in Operation OPTical Illusion

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the arrests of 15 nonimmigrant students through Operation OPTical Illusion. The students, who claimed to be employed by companies that don’t exist, who were found to have allegedly participated in work visa fraud to extend their stay in the United States. » Read More

Oct 05, 2020

Major Changes Proposed to Student Visa to Have Big Impact on International Students

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has proposed a new rule that would significantly change immigration rules for international students in the United States. The proposed rule, detailed in a 256-page document, has drawn hundreds of public comments and could draw many more by the time the comment period ends on October 26. » Read More

Jun 01, 2020

Bar on Certain F and J International Students Effective Noon Today

At noon today, June 1, 2020, a ban on the entry into the United States of certain citizens and nationals of China took effect in accordance with a Proclamation President Trump signed on Friday, May 29, 2020. The Proclamation prevents certain Chinese nationals associated with entities in China that implement or support China’s “military-civil fusion strategy” from using entering the United States under the F or J nonimmigrant visas. » Read More

Mar 19, 2020

The Immigration of Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an immigration nightmare with changes announced with each passing minute and a level of uncertainty that has only compounded the uncertainty in an already confused and complicated immigration system. Borders across the world have closed to non-citizens. » Read More

Feb 20, 2020

An Overview of STEM OPT Employer Site Visits

Employers who have employed F-1 students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) category of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program can expect site visits by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The March 2016 STEM OPT rule allows the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct site visits of employers that train STEM OPT students. » Read More

Jan 28, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs Law Allowing Children of H-1B Visa Workers Qualify for In-State Tuition Fees

On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation allowing children of H-1B visa workers to qualify for in-state tuition, subject to certain conditions.

“New Jerseyans deserve equal access to higher education, and today we are taking another step toward making that possible,” said Gov.

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Jan 23, 2020

ICE Makes Worksite Visits to Employers With International Student Employees on STEM OPT

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are visiting workplaces to check on the student employees who are in their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Universities are cautioning their students of such visits from ICE. » Read More

Aug 15, 2019

ICE Targets STEM OPT Program: Promises Significant Increase in Site Inspections

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has increased its enforcement actions related to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Occupational Practical Training (STEM OPT) Program.  Specifically, ICE’s random site inspections at STEM OPT program sponsor sites, have become increasingly intrusive and investigatory in nature.  » Read More

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