USCIS Grants Greater Flexibility in Late Immigration Applications to Change or Extend Nonimmigrant Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a significant policy update to its Policy Manual, offering greater flexibility for nonimmigrants who encounter unforeseen delays when filing for extensions of stay or changes of status. This announcement, published on January 24, 2024, clarifies that USCIS may allow for late filings to extend or change one’s READ MORE

Immigration Interview with Attorney Monique Kornfeld on YouTube

Please visit YouTube to watch the interview with me about US immigration law and employment-based immigration in particular.  This video is around 30 minutes long and I discuss different nonimmigrant working visas, such as H-1Bs, E-2s, TNs and L-1s, as well as PERM labor certification green card cases and some family-based immigration.

Premium Processing for Immigration Cases Expanded

Frustrated by lengthy processing times for visas and employment authorization? USCIS offers a solution, but it comes at a price and does not affect your chances of success. With premium processing, USCIS guarantees that it will take adjudicative action on your petition within a shortened time frame. That action must either be an approval notice, READ MORE

Avoiding a Gap in F-1 OPT Employment While H-1B Pending

USCIS is starting to issue H-1B receipts for petitions that won a lottery number.  These receipts will allow those F-1 foreign students working pursuant to their optional practical training (OPT) employment authorization document (EAD) that will expire before October 1, 2019, to extend their EAD until October 1st, unless their petition is denied before then.  This READ MORE

F-1 STEM OPT Students Working at Third-Party Sites

In April 2018, USCIS updated its website regarding the employment of F-1 student and it appears to bar F-1 students in the STEM optional practical training (OPT) program from working at third-party locations. In particular, it states: “For instance, the training experience may not take place at the place of business or worksite of the READ MORE

USCIS Revises Requirements for Employment of Certain F-1 STEM OPT Students

In April 2018, USCIS revised its website page for Optional Practice Training for STEM students that appears to bar F-1 students working pursuant to their STEM OPT (optional practical training) to be situated at third party sites. The website page states: “For instance, the training experience may not take place at the place of business READ MORE