OPT STEM Final New Rule Announced

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Yesterday, the Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the final version of the new rule regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions for those with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The official version of the rule will be published in the Federal Register on Friday March 11, 2016.  The new…

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Immigration Litigation: In the Matter of ETEAM, INC.

Categories: Immigration Litigation

In this post on immigration litigation, we look at the recent BALCA (Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals) decision In the Matter of ETEAM, INC. The employer filed a PERM (permanent labor certification) with the Department of Labor (DOL) for a “Programmer Analyst”. The certifying officer (CO) from the DOL denied the PERM and the…

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USCIS Updates and Changes: Medical Examinations

Categories: USCIS Updates and Changes

In this post about USCIS updates and changes, we look at some of the requirements surrounding medical examinations. All non-citizens who are seeking to adjust status (go from either no status or non-immigrant status to lawful permanent resident status…green card) must submit a medical examination showing they do not have a disease of public significance….

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Immigration Litigation: Matter of Screen Printers Resource

Categories: Immigration Litigation

In this post on immigration litigation, we look at the recent BALCA (Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals) decision In the Matter of Screen Printers Resource, INC. The employer filed a PERM (permanent labor certification) with the Department of Labor (DOL). The certifying officer from the DOL denied the PERM and the employer filed for…

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Crimmigration: Whyte v. Lynch and Connecticut’s Assault Statute

Categories: Blog

In this crimmigration post we review the First Circuit (CA1) Court of Appeals decision in Whyte v. Lynch, finding that a conviction for third degree assault in Connecticut, under Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-61(a)(1), is not categorically a crime of violence and therefore not an aggravated felony.  Non-citizens who are convicted of certain crimes can be…

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