Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a helpful new fact sheet for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose Optional Practical Training will expire before October 1, 2009, and employers filing H-1B petitions today on behalf of those students. The guidance explains the “cap gap” in employment authorization as well as how to get the benefit of the rule.
Archive for March, 2009
What do a child refugee and a promising postdoctoral student have in common? Both were “aliens” – the legal term for anyone not a U.S. citizen. Both faced a challenging immigration story – the child came to the US ahead of a war and was put through school by his father’s work in a toothbrush factory; the postdoc was invited to the University of Wisconsin but almost had to make his career in Canada instead because of problems in getting a US visa.
Both chose to become Americans, and both won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. (more…)
I was just down in Washington for AILA’s Spring Seminar, where government officials speak about the current state of affairs in their agencies. The DOL’s representatives released their current “processing time” report for labor certification applications filed through the PERM system, and while the results aren’t pretty, at least we know which cases are outside the Department’s “normal” processing time.
This year, there is a realistic possibility that the number of H-1B petitions submitted in the first week of the filing period will be less than the total number available for the year. Last year, the government amended the H regulations to modify the “lottery” system for those years where enough applications are received at the very start of the filing season to exhaust the numbers. (more…)
We want to welcome all of our clients, as well as those with any interest in immigration law matters, to our new Klaskolaw.com blog. We want to use this technology to help our clients stay updated on current issues in immigration and to provide an opportunity to interact with us, fellow clients, and others interested in immigration. (more…)