USCIS is Responding Quickly to Service Request Inquiry

We have been posting about the on-going delays affecting numerous case types since October 2020. USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment VerificationCIS Ombudsman Provides Case Assistance on Receipt Delays, Biometrics Appointment, EAD delaysUpdate on the Receipt Notice DelaysUSCIS Receipt Notice Update: N-400USCIS Receipt Notice Update: Final Two I-485 Receipt Notices Received (4...

USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment Verification

As we have been posting recently, USCIS is experiencing record delays in issuing receipt notices of various applications. We just finally received all receipt notices in connection with I-485 employment based applications in October 2020 (a 4 month wait!). It does not seems like the situation is improving as we are continuing to receive various receipt notices that are 2 to 3 months late. The...

Flexibilities Announced for OPT Applicants

Many F-1 students were not able to complete the full 12 month of post completion OPT due to significant delays at USCIS and volume delays at USPS. By law, they are supposed to complete the 12 month OPT within 14 months from the end of their program. However, the delay has reduced their full OPT potential due to no fault of their own. As a cure, USCIS will allow the 14-month period to commence...

OPT and STEM OPT Ruled Valid

Foreign students can breathe a sigh of relief as a US District Court Judge concluded that DHS did not exceed its statutory authority under the INA in issuing the 2016 STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) rule, and thus found that both the 12-month OPT and the STEM OPT extension programs are lawful. OPT grants foreign student upon graduation the opportunity to work lawfully for one year and...