Perspective: Kirton McConkie Law Blog

USCIS reaches Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap

Employment Immigration

This morning U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published the announcement below. Read More

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

Immigration

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. Read More

American Immigration Lawyers Association shares online resources to help understand new DHS final rule

Immigration

On May 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) published the following announcement about online resources following the Department of Homeland Security’s new final rule affecting international students with Optional Practical Traning (OPT) based on completion of a U.S. degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM).  AILA’s announcement provides: Read More

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services publishes an extension of Temporary Protected Status

Immigration

On May 16, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, effective July 6, 2016 through January 5, 2018.   Read More

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memorandum in the decision of Matter of Z-A, Inc.

Immigration

On April 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a policy memorandum designating the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Matter of Z-A-, Inc. as an adopted decision establishing policy guidance applying to and binding all USCIS employees. USCIS personnel are directed to follow the reasoning in this decision and in similar cases. Read More

USCIS published notice of proposed rulemaking in Federal Register inviting public comment

Immigration

On May 4, 2016, USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (81 F.R. 26903) inviting public comment, for 60 days, on the proposed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule.   Read More

Department of Homeland Security issues final rule for international students with F-1 visas and Optional Practical Training

Immigration

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations and issued a final rule for international students with F-1 visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT) who obtain degrees from U.S. colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).  Specifically, the final rule allows such F-1 STEM students who obtain 12 months of OPT following graduation to extend their STEM OPT for an additional period of 24 months.  This 24-month extension replaces the previously available 17-month STEM OPT extension. Read More

Changes to U.S. immigration regulations extends the "240-day rule" to persons with temporary H-1B1, E-3, and CW-1 work visas

Immigration

The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s (AILA’s) Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee recently published information about changes to U.S. immigration regulations extending the “240-day rule” to persons with H-1B1 (Chilean and Singaporean nationals working in specialty occupations), E-3 (Australian nationals working in specialty occupations), and CW-1 (temporary foreign workers in the Commonwealth of the Norther Mariana Islands) visa status. In part, AILA’s announcement states: Read More