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17-Month EAD Holders Seeking Full 24 Months under New STEM OPT Rule Must be Quick

The Department of Homeland Security’s final rule on optional practical training (OPT) work authorization for foreign nationals in F-1 status with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees from U.S. institutions will go into effect on May 10, 2016. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) then will begin accepting applications to extend an initial … Continue Reading

Supreme Court’s Decision on Future of DACA and DAPA

Supreme Court argument has taken place in United States v. Texas, a high-stakes, hotly contested case on the Administration’s executive programs that deferred possible deportation of millions of undocumented individuals. The Court’s expected June decision is likely to have far-reaching implications for employers. In 2012, the Obama Administration introduced through executive action Deferred Action for … Continue Reading

TPS Designation for Sudan and South Sudan Extended

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for Sudan and South Sudan have been extended for 18 months, effective November 3, 2014, through May 2, 2016. The re-registration period will run from September 2, 2014, through November 3, 2014. Employers are reminded that TPS holders who file timely extension of TPS and work authorization are authorized … Continue Reading

Immigration Reform Update

With comprehensive immigration reform legislation no longer a realistic possibility for the foreseeable future, the focus of advocates for reform has shifted to executive actions the President may take unilaterally to implement immigration policy changes. The President reportedly  is considering broad use of executive action, potentially granting relief to up to 5 to 6 million … Continue Reading
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