In view of the recent changes announced by USCIS to the rules for student work authorization, we recap some options especially geared for international students who are intending to stay and work in the US using the H-1B visa. Here are some guidelines on possible extensions for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) graduates.
This year, I am getting married to an Iraqi-American. As an Iraqi-American myself, I have many close family members living all around the world. You can imagine that after the Gulf War, and then later the 2003 Iraq War, many people fled Iraq in search of a better, more stable life. That’s what my family and my Fiancée’s family did. The nice thing about our families is that they are willing to come from all parts of the world (i.e. Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, England, Canada, and the list goes on) to get together to celebrate our wedding. However, many of them do not know that it will not be an easy process for them to come to the US as visitors.
With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia this week, the balance of the Supreme Court has shifted, which may have serious implications for cases set to be heard in the upcoming term. There is an important immigration case, United States v. Texas, of particular interest. To learn more about how the Supreme Court decisions in 2016 might be effected, read the entire article from The New York Times below. To learn more about the legal arguments at stake in United States v. Texas, we also recommend this “in plain English” analysis from ScotusBlog.
DACA is an immigration program allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise prosecutorial discretion to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases. Individuals who came to the United States as children, and who meet specific requirements are considered to be low priority cases. Those who meet the guidelines listed below may be eligible for DACA for a period of two years, subject to renewal for a period of two years. Note there is no guarantee that this program will be available for subsequent renewal periods.