Immigration News and Updates
F-1 Foreign Students Need to Choose Their Majors Carefully, to Obtain the STEM Two-Year Extension of Work Authorization
F-1 foreign students with a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) major are eligible for a total of three years of work authorization, while F-1 students with other majors are eligible for only one year of work authorization. However, there are...read more
Many people who have TPS (Temporary Protected Status) will now be eligible for adjustment to permanent residency even if they entered the U.S. illegally, thanks to a new decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. In Ramirez et al. v. Brown, the...read more
US State Dept Plans to Gather Social Media Info & Email Addresses from Certain Visa Applicants of All Countries
On May 4, 2017, the U.S. State Department proposed that the government now be able to request all social media information, email addresses and phone numbers of visa applicants from any and all countries, whom they choose to subject to additional scrutiny. Claiming an...read more
You have the opportunity to comment on US Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) collection of social media information on Chinese citizens with 10-year B-1 or B-2 visas. All Chinese citizens with a 10-year B-1 or B-2 visa are now required to register with CBP through...read more
President Trump's "Buy American and Hire American" EO Fosters Nativism, Although it Will Not Bring Immediate Change in the Law
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Buy American and Hire American”, stating that it will be U.S. government policy to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of...read more
This is the fifth straight year that the H-1B cap has been reached within the first few days of filing in April. The first day to file H-1B petitions for this fiscal year was April 3rd, 2017 and on April 7th, USCIS announced that it had received more than enough H-1B...read more
New Travel Ban Exempts Iraqis, Permanent Residents, and Other Current Visa Holders. Important Legal Issues Remain.
According to the DHS Fact Sheet, Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States issued March 5, 2017: The new Executive Order imposes a 90-day suspension of entry to the United States of foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya,...read more
Starting April 3rd, USCIS is suspending premium processing of all H-1B petitions. Since April 1st is a Saturday and April 2nd is a Sunday, that means that no one will be able to request premium processing for new, cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS is trying to catch...read more
This is a friendly reminder that it is that time of year again – H-1B season! All new, cap-subject H-1B petitions should be ready for mailing to USCIS by March 31, 2017, so that they will be received by USCIS on April 1st. Employers actually do have four more...read more
DHS Goes After All Removable Immigrants, Necessitating Vast Expansion of Prison System to Detain Large Numbers of Immigrants
DHS has decided to prioritize the removal of all undocumented or out of status aliens, with the exception of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, in a February 17, 2017 memo from the DHS Secretary John Kelly, entitled “Enforcement of the...read more
About Our Firm
The Law Office of Heidi J Meyers is a full-service immigration law firm, established in 1997. In addition to H-1B petitions and employment-based immigration, our office offers a wide array of immigration services, including: E-1 (treaty traders), E-2 (treaty investors), L-1A (managerial and executive transferees) and L-1B (specialized knowledge workers), cap-exempt H-1Bs to work at non-profit universities or their affiliates, R visas (religious workers), family petitions, marriage petitions, F-1 (student visas), naturalization, asylum, deportation and removal proceedings, waivers of deportability, waivers of unlawful presence, and DACA (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals).
Ms. Meyers has been practicing U.S. immigration law since 1995, and has had her own firm since 1997. We speak Cantonese, French, Fulani, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish and represent people of all religions and nationalities, and from all walks of life.
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USCIS has recently come out with the final rule on F-1 students with STEM degrees. STEM students will now be eligible for a 24-month extension of their OPT, provided that their employer participates in the E-Verify program. The rule requires employers to implement formal training programs, and adds wage and other protections for STEM students and U.S. workers. DHS will now conduct site visits of the employers of F-1 students on OPT. The final rule also codifies cap-gap relief for F-1 students with a timely-filed H-1B petition and request for change of status.
The U.S. Supreme Court may make a decision as early as this June 2016 on the Texas v. United States lawsuit regarding the president's executive action and power to create the expanded DACA and DAPA programs. Should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of the Obama administration and immigrants, more people will be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Currently undocumented people who arrived in the US before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010 (rather than since June 15, 2007), are now eligible for DACA. There also will be no upper age limit on who can apply for DACA. Additionally, parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been present in the US since January 1, 2010, will be eligible to request deferred action and work authorization, provided they pass background checks;