Tag Archives: F-1 visa

  1. DHS Agrees To Allow H-4 And L-2 Applicants To Qualify For 180-Day Automatic EAD Extension As Part Of Settlement

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now agreed to a settlement after the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Partners, filed a Federal Lawsuit claiming, that the prohibition on qualifying H-4 and L-2 applicants benefits from the 180-day extension, was unlawful. For details of our original article please click the following link: https://www.patellegal.com/aila-files-lawsuit-claiming-h-4-and-l-2-ead-should-qualify-for-180-day-automatic-extension/ The…

  2. 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…

  3. F-1 Students No Longer Required To Bridge The Gap

    USCIS recently announced it will no longer require F-1 students to bridge the gap.  Previously USCIS had required students who filed a change of status application to F-1, to also file a second application in order to extend their current status.  Therefore, someone who entered in B-2 and wished to change to F-1 was required…

  4. The Importance Of Maintaining F-1 Status

    Students on F-1 status need to ensure they maintain status.  A failure to maintain status could result in a violation which could have an impact on their immigration future.  At PLG we often see requests for evidence questioning maintenance of status for F-1 students, who have submitted an H-1B cap petition requesting a change of…

  5. DHS Withdraws Its Duration Of Status Rule

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will now withdraw its duration of status rule.  Students have for a long time had the benefit of being admitted for the duration of status.  In other words, unlike other nonimmigrants, they are not admitted for a specific length of time.  This flexibility has allowed them to extend their…

  6. 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…

  7. USCIS Announces That F-1 Students Can File OPT And STEM OPT Applications Online

    On April 12, 2021 USCIS announced that F-1 students can file OPT and STEM OPT applications online using form I-765. This applies to the following applications: Pre-completion OPT; Post completion OPT; and 24- month extension of OPT known as STEM OPT. USCIS has also warned that anyone else that attempts to file I-765 online that…

  8. Day 1 CPT Revisited

    2 years ago I wrote an article on the problems of taking Day 1 CPT and thought it was time to revisit this issue. Click here to see my previous article. At the time of writing my previous article, USCIS was taking a very firm stand on Day 1 CPT cases.  In fact, students applying…

  9. 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…

  10. 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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