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December 2018 Archives

What the shutdown means to immigration services

We are all well aware that the impasse between the President and Congress related to differences of opinion on immigration and building the wall. It has now led to the partial shutdown of the federal government and will essentially furlough all non-essential personnel. However, fee-funded activities are not affected, which includes the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This means that interviews and appointments will continue on schedule. Moreover, most petitions and applications will also be accepted and processed. There are some services that will be shut down or work at a much reduced capacity. According to the USCIS’s web site, the following services will be suspended:

Changes proposed for H-1B petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing changes to regulations for how the H-1B petitions are counted. As of now, there is an annual limit of 65,000 petitions awarded by lottery and another 20,000 exemptions to that limit.

Job search tips for international students seeking OPT status

Being on an international student visa in the United States today has its challenges, whether you are in college or in graduate school. You may be one of many seeking to extend your F-1 status through Optical Practical Training (OPT), juggling a time-sensitive visa application with a job market that does not seem to favor immigration. Although it may feel like the odds are against you, there are ways you can make the most of your job search as an international student graduate. Consider the following tips:

Remain in Mexico deal is legally and logistically flawed

The Trump administration is currently trying to cut a deal with Mexico where asylum seekers would possibly conduct their interviews in the U.S. and then return to Mexico. The Immigration and Nationality Act does allow the U.S. to send applicants back to Mexico, but the same law also allows asylum seekers who pass their credible fear interview to remain in the U.S. Thus, the law exempts the very applicants that the Trump administration wishes to prevent from entering the country.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber