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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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Recent blog posts

Mar
1
2021
Great news for those applying for naturalization to become a US citizen! USCIS will now continue to use the 2008 version of the civics test. In the last days of the Trump administration, USCIS announced that they would use a longer and harder version… Read More
Feb
6
2021
By Nikita Hernandez, Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal It’s official! You’ve become Mr. or Mrs. and want to take on your spouse’s name while getting your US permanent residence situated, but when is the best time to do that? APPLYING FOR A NAME… Read More
Feb
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2021
One of the most common questions that we receive from our clients is about case processing time. The USCIS and DOL estimated case processing times are available online, but that source can be frustrating as they sometimes give a wide range of timefra… Read More

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“I have been thru various immigration processes with several attorneys and finally got under the valuable umbrella of Emily, she represented my H1 transfer, 7th year H1 extension, Perm Process & I-140. Through all these process she was informative… Read More"
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