Travel Ban: President's Executive Order
Nepal Temporary Protected Status Extended
Temporary Protected status is extended for another term of 18 months. there are eligibility criteria and re-registration period ends 27th December, 2016.
EAD Validity increased to two years for Asylum applicants
Asylum applicants would now get employment authorization with validity not expiring until 2 yrs., starting october 5, 2016. This policy change includes all pending I-765.
Syrians granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Syrian nationals residing in U.S. since August 1st, 2016 can now apply for TPS. Eligible applicants can also receive employment authorization. Registration period ends January 2017 while those already hold Syrian TPS, September 30, 2016 is the deadline to apply for TPS re-registration.
Filipinos WWII veteran family members parole program
This program starts on June 8, 2016 and benefits Filipino fmaily members who have an approved immigrant visa petition can wait the permanent residence processing time in the U.S. upon entering with humanitarian parole .
H-2A approval to be transmited to Consulates electronically
Starting May 11th USCIS proposes to send e-notice to the DOS. This speeds up the processing of H-2A visa for agricultural workers because U.S. farm business has its own urgency and can not wait for the government processing times.
This is Great! It should become the standard USCIS practice for every case where the foreign national applies for a visa at a U.S. Consulates abroad.
H-2ANew STEM OPT regulation
The new STEM extension period under this regulation is 24 months replacing the old OPT period of 17 mos. Students with STEM OPT before the rule takes effect can safely transition into the extended period OPT under the new rule that takes into effect on May 10, 2016.
The regulation is progressive and allows for another STEM OPT extension based upon an additional qualifying degree. This rule creates a greater oversight over the students and prescribes for a training plan but also allows for them to participate in entrepreneurial ventures.
Filing Fee increase: H1B and L1
Employers with more than 50 employee are now required to pay higher fee for H1B (fee increase from $2000 to $4000) and L1 (increased from $2,250 to $4500).
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