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F-1 “Cap-gap” Status and Work Authorization Extension Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018
F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remains pending on Oct. 1, 2018, risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after Oct. 1 (unless otherwise authorized to continue employment), as their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through Sept. 30.
Proposed I-912 Fee Waiver Form Revision
We are proposing to revise our Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, to remove the receipt of means-tested benefits from the eligibility criteria.
USCIS to Begin Implementing New Policy Memorandum on Notices to Appear
We will begin implementing the June 28 Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum (PM) on Oct. 1, 2018.
USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions
Effective immediately, we will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request.
Filing Location Change for Form I-751
This form was previously filed at the California and Vermont service centers. Now, petitioners must send Form I-751 to a USCIS Lockbox facility.
USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays
USCIS is extending the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H-1B petitions.
Clarification of STEM OPT Extension Reporting Responsibilities and Training Obligations
We are updating the Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page of our website to clarify the reporting responsibilities for participating in the STEM OPT program.
Filing Location Change for Form I-829
This form was previously filed at the California Service Center. Now, petitioners must send Form I-829 to a USCIS Lockbox facility.
USCIS Returns Unselected Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on July 30, 2018, that it has returned all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer-generated random selection process.
Updated Guidance on the Implementation of Notice to Appear Policy Memorandum
Policy Memorandum 602-0050.1, Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuances of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens, was issued on June 28, 2018 and instructed USCIS components to create or update operational guidance on NTAs and Referrals to ICE (RTIs), to be issued within 30 days of the Policy Memorandum.
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