Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia allowed a lawsuit challenging DHS’s optional practical training (“OPT”) programs for F-1 international students to move forward.
The House of Representatives passed HR1044, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, on July 10, 2019. This bill proposes to change the allocation of immigrant visas both in the family and employment-based categories, which could mean less of a wait for an available immigrant visa number for individuals born in countries from which there is a high volume of immigration to the U.S..
A frequent question we receive (and a frequent issue that arises when travel occurs without notifying us and/or your program sponsor) is:
“Can a J-1 Exchange Student (and J-2 dependents, if applicable) travel outside the U.S.
Maggio Kattar Senior Attorney and Shareholder, Andy Finkle will be sharing his expertise with other attorneys on July 18, 2019 in the DC Bar CLE course “Advising Foreign Nationals on Starting a Business in the United States.”
Andy Finkle is a senior immigration attorney and shareholder with Maggio Kattar Nahajzer + Alexander P.C.
- Jan Pederson
- June 19, 2019
While every state varies in terms of population and demographics, each state is limited to a maximum of 30 waivers under the Conrad State 30 program that allows states to provide physician jobs that qualify for a waiver of the 2-year home residency rule of the J-1 visa.
- June 10, 2019
- June 10, 2019
- June 7, 2019
In an expansion of the “extreme vetting” measures, the U.S. Department of State has announced that all nonimmigrant visa applicants must provide personal social media account information in the DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) by listing all the social media platforms they have used in the last 5 years and by providing usernames or handles used on those platforms.
- February 25, 2019
New Version of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Brings Significant Changes
On Monday, February 11, the USCIS announced they will release a revised Form I-539 on Monday, March 11, 2019. The new form will become effective on the same day and old editions of the form will not be accepted beginning March 11, 2019.