Category Archives: Change of status applications, including F-1, H-4, L-2, etc.

  1. AILA Files Lawsuit Claiming H-4 And L-2 EAD Should Qualify For 180- day Automatic Extension

    USCIS processing times continue to increase for the majority of applications and have only been made worst by the ongoing pandemic, resulting in the agency being heavily understaffed.  This is especially true for H-4 and L-2 EAD applicants.  Because of the long processing times and the fact that these categories of work authorization are not…

  2. Is Day 1 CPT Still A Problem?

    Having previously written two articles on Day 1 CPT (Curricular Practical Training) I keep being asked whether I would recommend Day 1 CPT and what are the potential consequences of taking it. If you haven’t read my previous articles, please find the links below: https://www.patellegal.com/why-day-1-cpt-is-not-a-good-idea-and-can-cause-more-problems-than-it-solves/ https://www.patellegal.com/day-1-cpt-revisited/ Please note that the first article was written during…

  3. USCIS Processing Delays

    The length of time for adjudication of petitions through USCIS continues to increase despite a new administration and new leadership of USCIS in the form of Alejandro Mayorkas. On March 22, 2021 the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), specifically in relation to the long…

  4. Loss Of Employment And Filing A New H-1B Petition Outside Of The 60-Day Grace Period

    COVID-19 has taken its toll on the labor market, resulting in millions of people losing their job.  Unfortunately for those on a nonimmigrant visa such as an H-1B, the clock starts ticking on their last day of work.  H-1B holders generally have 60 days or until the end of their authorized stay, whichever is shorter,…

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