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COVID-19: Information for F-1 International Students in the US

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, Va Due to the provided guidance regarding COVID-19, colleges and universities have been requiring students to move off campus and have switched classes to remote learning. If you are an international… Read More
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H-1B Cap Gap Ends 9/30/18 - Beware Unauthorized Employment!

Attention all employees and employers who filed an H-1B petition under the H-1B cap in April! The H-1B cap gap provisions in the regulation allow an H-1B candidate to keep working even after their OPT has expired, assuming an H-1B petition requesting… Read More
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Heads Up: Surreptitious Change for Off-Site Placements for STEM OPT Extensions

By Immigration Lawyers Chris Generous and Emily Sumner Employers and certain foreign students who have graduated from US universities have enjoyed the extended STEM OPT period for a few years now. Employers have successfully placed STEM OPT students… Read More
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F-1 Students: Make Sure Your School Is Still Accredited!

The US Department of Education announced on Dec. 12, 2016 that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. It is not requires that all SEVP-certified schools be accredited. Ho… Read More
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STEM 24 Month OPT Extension: Changes, Challenges, and Compliance (Part 3 of 3)

This post is the third in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016. The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what… Read More
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STEM 24 Month OPT Extension: Changes, Challenges, and Compliance (Part 2 of 3)

This post is the second in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016. The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what… Read More
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STEM 24 Month OPT Extension: Changes, Challenges, and Compliance (Part 1 of 3)

This post is the first in a three part series of blog posts on the new STEM 24 month OPT extension regulations, which are in effect as of May 2016. The first post in the series provides an overview of the new regulations, including a summary of what… Read More
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Aug
5
2021
USCIS and the US Department of State often require original documents or certified copies of certain documents for immigration processing. The specific documents you need depend on what you are applying for and where. Many clients ask what it means t… Read More
Jul
21
2021
If you are a foreign national in the United States, keep your identification documents current! It may be okay for your visa to expire (depending on your situation), but make sure you have a valid passport and/or other valid government ID with your p… Read More
Jun
23
2021
Employment-based priority dates are advancing quickly with the June and July 2021 visa bulletin. We expect that to continue in the coming months, though no one can predict precisely how quickly priority dates will advance. Be ready to file as soon as… Read More

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