USCIS e-Filing System to Be Discontinued

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will discontinue its legacy e-Filing system. USCIS offers online filing for several of its forms through this legacy e-Filing system, but once the system is discontinued, paper forms must be used for the following categories.   Form I-131, Application for Travel Document Form I-140,.. Read More


Visa Bulletin for September 2015 Released

The US Department of State (DOS) has released the September 2015 Visa Bulletin. This month’s Visa Bulletin contains priority date cutoffs for every country. Immigrants whose priority dates are earlier than the cutoff dates may apply for adjustment of status or immigrant visas. The September 2015 Visa Bulletin shows significant changes in cut-off dates for.. Read More


STEM OPT Extensions in Jeopardy

On August 12, 2015, a Washington D.C. Federal Court Judge overruled the 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension for qualifying F1 students with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). The OPT extension was published as an Interim Final Rule by the Department of Homeland Security in April 2008. Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the US District.. Read More


No Police Verification Required for Indian Passport Renewal in India

The Indian government recently announced that police verification will no longer be required for re-issuance of Indian passport in India. Police verification was originally a part of the Indian passport renewal process; the applicant had to go under a police verification before the passport office would approve his/her application for passport renewal. Presently, only minors, government.. Read More

H1B PremProc Resumed Green

H-1B Extension Premium Processing: Now Resumed

USCIS resumed its premium processing for H1B petitions July 13, 2015, which had been put on hold beginning May 19 to allow for the adjudication of EAD for H4 applications. Due to the new H4 EAD rule implemented May 26, the temporary suspension of H1B premium processing petitions allowed USCIS to process the large volume.. Read More


New Citizens May Not Be Required to Pledge to Defend the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced new modifications to the Oath of Allegiance, the final action in the naturalization process to be completed by U.S. citizenship candidates. Effective July 21, new citizens may choose to exclude the part of the Oath declaring to defend the U.S. based on a religious or conscientious objection. Eligible.. Read More