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August 8 Deadline for 7-Month, STEM OPT Extension
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert, Anne K. Wilson, Michael (Mike) E. Zeller
August 2016

USCIS Conducts H-1B Visa Lottery
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Anne K. Wilson
April 2016

USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2017
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Anne K. Wilson
April 2016

Changes to Visa Waiver Program Take Effect
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Anne K. Wilson
January 2016

Immigration Update: 'Tis the season to prepare for H-1B petition filing
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Anne K. Wilson
December 2015

Due to the high demand for H-1B visas, we encourage employers to identify any employees who may require initial sponsorship and begin the process as soon as possible.


Immigration Update: Holiday Travel for U.S. Visa Holders
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Anne K. Wilson
October 2015

Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of international travel and the visa process.


Immigration Update: Precedent Decision Impacts H-1B Workers & Employers
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
July 24, 2015

USCIS has issued a final guidance memorandum in regards to the precedent AAO decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC.


Immigration Update: Technical Issues Continue to Impact U.S. Visa Processing Worldwide
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
June 19, 2015

U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to address the technical problems with their visa systems. It is anticipated the system will not be online before next week.


Immigration Update: Visa Processing Delays at U.S. Consulates
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Anne K. Wilson
June 16, 2015

U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently announced that individuals who submitted online visa applications or were interviewed for visas on or after June 9, 2015 may experience a delay in the processing.


Immigration Update: Employers Must File Petition When H-1B Worker Changes Locations
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
May 29, 2015

The April 9 decision by the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC sets a new precedent for requirements when moving a H-1B worker from one worksite location to another.


Immigration Update: EAD Eligibility for H-4 spouses
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
April 30, 2015

Immigration Update: USCIS completes H-1B Visa lottery
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
April 14, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducts lottery after reaching H-1B cap for FY2016.


Immigration Update: USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2016
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
April 8, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct a H-1B lottery.


Immigration Update: USCIS accepting FY2016 H-1Bs as of April 1, 2015
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
March 16, 2015

The United States Citizenship and Immigration will accept petitions within the first five business days of April.


Immigration Update: Department of Homeland Security announces action on employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
February 24, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective on May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be eligible for employment authorization.


Immigration Update: H-1B Visa Petitions for 2016 Fiscal Year
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
January 12, 2015

Immigration Update: Executive Actions on Immigration and What They Mean
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
November 21, 2014

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration.


Immigration Client Alert: Here come the holidays…ready to travel?
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
October 9, 2014

The Immigration team issued a client alert offering tips and considerations to help visa holders alleviate the stress of international holiday travel.


Immigration Client Alert: Changes in Visa Fees
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
September 22, 2014

Immigration Update: L-1 Visa Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
August 22, 2014

Over the past three years, the L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa category has come under higher scrutiny from USCIS. Petitions for both L-1A Executive/Manager and L-1B Specialized Knowledge classifications continue to be extensively reviewed and the rate of denials for these petitions has steadily increased.


Immigration Update: Delays continue in U.S. Visa issuance
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
August 5, 2014

As of August 4, 2014, U.S. Department of State (DOS) has made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant (temporary) visa cases.


Immigration Update: On-going Delays with U.S. Visa Issuance
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
July 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of State continues to experience technical problems with passport/visa system, delaying issuance of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas at U.S. Consulates.


Immigration Client Alert: USCIS Proposed Rule on Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
May 14, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed to provide work authorization benefits to spouses of H-1B visa holders.


Immigration Client Alert: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Numbers
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
April 11, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that 172,500 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period which began April 1, 2014.


Immigration Client Alert: USCIS hits H-1B Cap for FY2015
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader
April 8, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.


Immigration Client Alert: New H-1B visas for fiscal year 2015
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
January 21, 2014

Immigration Update
Government shutdown and its impact on U.S. immigration services
Immigration Practice Team
October 1, 2013

MVA's Immigration team sheds light on how the federal shutdown might impact immigration-related services.


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
June 28, 2013

U.S. Senate passes Immigration Reform bill


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
April 30, 2013

New I-94 Arrival/Departure Process for Foreign Visitors


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
April 19, 2013

How Will the New Immigration Bill Affect US Businesses?


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
April 9, 2013

H-1B Cap-Subject Filings Go To Lottery


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
April 1, 2013

Paper I-94 Cards Being Phased Out


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
March 19, 2013

Last Call for 4/1 H-1B Filings, Premium Processing Update


Immigration Update
Amanda Carrano Franklin, Stephen (Steve) M. Hader, Scott D. Syfert
March 11, 2013

USCIS Releases New I-9 Form, Prior Versions CANNOT Be Used After May 7th


Immigration Update
USCIS Raises Filing Fees as of July 30, 2007
Immigration Practice Team

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increases fees for petitions and applications.


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