Great News for EAD Renewals !

The USCIS has issued a Temporary Final Rule that extends the automatic renewal time period for EAD renewals from 180 days to 540 days. This new rule, which takes effect on May 4, 2022 applies to all classes of EAD cards that are currently entitled to an automatic extension. The current list can be found… Continue reading Great News for EAD Renewals !

Biden Budget Proposal Good News for Immigration ?

The Biden Administration released its budget proposal and it contains significant increases for many immigration programs included processing services and digital programs. Generally, WH budget proposals are not passed but, can often provide a framework for Congress and at the very least, provides insights to the White House’s current political position.

Good News for STEM Workers

STEM workers have now been given more opportunities to work and immigrate to the U.S. The DHS added 22 additional STEM fields to the list of those programs that are eligible for the 24 mo. STEM OPT EAD extension. They include such fields as Human-Centered Technology Design, Data Science, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Business… Continue reading Good News for STEM Workers

H-4, L-2, and E dependents Win over EAD issues !

This week, the USCIS reached a settlement agreement stemming from a Federal lawsuit brought on behalf of H-4 and L-2 EAD holders. The lawsuit was brought by AILA and a number of partners. The USCIS then released a new policy memo implementing the settlement and also included E dependents. In pertinent part, the new policy… Continue reading H-4, L-2, and E dependents Win over EAD issues !

Talent Shortage

Recent reports show that hiring demand is high but, there remains a major talent shortage. Check out this recent report from Manpower Group. Although certainly not a panacea, there are a number of workers in the U.S. being prevented from being available in the talent pool due to inefficiencies and outdated policies from the USCIS… Continue reading Talent Shortage

Another Trump Era H-1b Rule is Declared Invalid

Last week, a Federal judge declared the last of the Trump Era (Stephen Miller creations) regulations illegally issued and declared it invalid. This last regulation would’ve changed the way H-1b cap cases were selected moving from a random lottery to a system that selected petitions by salary. This would’ve been a major boost to international… Continue reading Another Trump Era H-1b Rule is Declared Invalid

Chats with Charlie-Visa Bulletin

If you are impacted by the Visa Bulletin issued each month and are curious about the movement of dates forward and backward (retrogression) and are not listening to the monthly youtube live streaming event hosted by the Department of State, I encourage you to start listening. Here is a link to the event held last… Continue reading Chats with Charlie-Visa Bulletin