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Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension 08/03/2016

A student on a 17-month STEM OPT extension may apply to add 7 months to his STEM OPT period. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016.

You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:

- You are currently participating in STEM OPT based on a 17-month extension;

L-1A FUNCTION MANAGER 06/30/2016

USCIS issued a new policy memorandum about L-1A function manager.

USCIS asserts that while an L-1A function manager may use hisbusiness expertise to perform some operational or administrative tasks, he primarily must manage an essential function.

Refugee Admissions Reception And Placement Program 05/31/2016

Each refugee approved for admission to the United States is sponsored by one of nine resettlement agencies participating in the Reception & Placement (R&P) Program under a cooperative agreement with the Department of State.

Additional H-1B and L-1 Petitions Fee

H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, should not include the additional fee that was previously required by Section 402 of Public Law 111-230, as amended by Public Law 111-347, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The additional fee required by Public Law 111-230, as amended, expired on Sept. 30, 2015.

Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for Immigrants

An Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is used for tax reporting and processing purposes. ITIN is issued to people who do not have or are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration. The IRS will not accept an ITIN application without a tax return. An ITIN does not give permission for people to work in the United States.

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses can apply for Employment Authorization

Effective May 26, 2015, eligible H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants may apply for employment authorization. Those eligible include H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who:

Seminar on Work Visas and Green Card Application

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5pm

Location: California University of Management and Science Arlington Campus at 4300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203

USCIS Has Reached H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2015

USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. March 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2015.

68 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security published the list of 68 countries that are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs.

Currency Reporting Requirement

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds travelers of the requirement to report currency amounts of $10,000 or more to CBP when traveling to or from the United States.

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