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DHS submits Strengthen H1B Visa Rule to OMB as Interim Final Rule

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 11 Comments

The long awaited DHS regulation that has been on Spring 2020 Regulatory agenda under H1B category was submitted to OMB for review today under “Interim Final Rule” stage.  Many of you may wonder, what does this “interim final rule” stage mean and what impact it can have on H1B program, including option for lawsuit in court. In this article, we …

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H1B 2021 RFE: F1 Maintenance of Status (STEM OPT), Approval Docs

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Most of the users, who were lucky in this year’s H1B Registration Lottery  would have applied H1B Visa 2021 petition with USCIS. As per USCIS 2020 Report, there were about 35% of H1B petitions that ended up in Request for Evidence (RFE). One of our readers, who applied for H1B 2021 petition as Change of Status, received an RFE that …

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US Visa Dropbox Eligibility Changed to 24 months, until Dec 31

In US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 96 Comments

US Visa Stamping at Consulates usually involves in-person interview, unless you qualify for the Interview Waiver Eligibility, which is popularly called as Dropbox Visa Appointment. In many cases, US Visa Dropbox Appointment is a must, if you are eligible for it.   In light of COVID and safety of everyone, US Department of State has announced small change in eligibility criteria …

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USCIS Biometrics Appointment Experience at ASC during COVID

In H4 Visa by KumarUpdated : 24 Comments

As most of you know, Biometrics is required as part of the New I-539 form and you need to visit Application Support Center (ASC) for the same. Before COVID-19, it was a very straightforward process, but since COVID-19, USCIS has given many updates  that also includes changes to process on how they handle Biometrics. As this is new, many are …

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USCIS I-9 Verification – EAD Production Delays, Use Approval Notice

In Uncategorized, US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 2 Comments

Today, there were two announcements, one by ICE that extends I-9 verification flexibility days until Sep 19th, second one by USCIS on EAD card flexibility for I-9 compliance. This is due to the delays with EAD ( Employment Authorization Document) Card Production by USCIS. In this article, we will look at the background and the news update, including who all …

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US Visa Emergency Appointment Experience India – F1 Student

In US Visa Stamping Experiences by KumarUpdated : 19 Comments

F1 students studying in US were relived after DHS cancelled the July 6th directive for F1 Students after the Lawsuit by MIT & Harvard.  But, still prospective F1 students planning to attend school for Fall 2020 need to have their schools either in Hybrid or in-person classes to get F1 Visa. One of our readers (anonymous for privacy) was attending …

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H1B, L1 US Entry Ban News – New Exceptions for Stamping, Travel (Aug 2020)

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As most of you know, on June 22, 2020, Trump issued a Proclamation banning entry of H1B, L1 and other visa holders who present risk to US  labor market. There were some amendments done and clarifications provided after initial order to allow certain dependents.  There were few lawsuits filed on this entry ban, including support by Google, Apple, Facebook on …

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Emergency US Visa Appointment in India – 2 User Experiences

In US Visa Stamping Experiences by KumarUpdated : 448 Comments

As US Consulates in India are not yet open due to COVID-19 for regular visa processing, the only way to get US visa stamping is to get an expedite appointment.  Expedited appointments are available only for special situations like medical needs, funeral/death, ESTA Denied, Students or exchange visitors with urgent need or urgent business travel.   If you are looking …

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Trump EO – Review Hiring of Federal Contractors on H1B Visa, LCA

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President Trump signed an Executive Order today, August 3rd, 2020 that calls for review of Federal Agencies practices on contracting and hiring of temporary workers like H1B Visa. This executive order is an outcome of recent action by Tennessee Valley Authority that planned to outsource 20% of its IT workforce to foreign companies. The goal of the Executive order is …