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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

EB-5 & Other USCIS Timelines For August 2016

For more information about the EB-5 program, please contact the JQK Law Firm at (310) 582-5904 or info@jqklaw.com

Form I-526 (Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur)
16.7 months (.1 month increase from previous month!)

Form I-829 (Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions) 
21.3 months (1.2 month increase from previous month!) 

Form I-924 (Application for Regional Center)
10.2 months (.3 month increase from previous month)

Click here for other USCIS Processing times

USCIS Form Updates

From USCIS:

We recently updated the following USCIS form(s):
08/31/2016 11:31 AM EDT

New edition dated 07/29/16. We cannot accept previous editions.
08/31/2016 11:20 AM EDT

 New edition dated 03/14/16. Starting 10/31/16, USCIS will only accept the 03/14/16 edition. Until then, you can use the 03/05/13 edition.
08/31/2016 10:55 AM EDT

New edition dated 03/29/2016. Starting 10/28/16, USCIS will only accept the 03/29/16 edition. Until then, you can use the 12/16/12 edition.
08/31/2016 10:12 AM EDT

New edition dated 05/13/2016. Starting 10/13/16, USCIS will only accept the 05/13/2016 edition. Until then, you can use the 01/07/13 edition.
For more information, please visit our Forms Updates page.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ICE releases quarterly international student data

Released by ICE:

ICE releases quarterly international student data

F, M students up 5.5 percent compared to July 2015; Number of certified schools down 2.4 percent
WASHINGTON — There are 1.11 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying in the United States according to the latest "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The report, released Tuesday by SEVP, highlights July 2016 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.
Based on data extracted from SEVIS July 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 5.5 percent compared to July 2015. In July, there were 8,673 U.S. schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, about a two percent decrease from the previous year.
Forty-two percent of international students studying in the United States, equaling almost 467,000 individuals, were enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) coursework, an increase of 15.2 percent from July 2015. Approximately 407,000 international students from Asia pursued STEM studies, an increase of 17 percent since July 2015.
The July report includes a special section about European students studying in the United States. As of July 7, European students composed 7.26 percent of international students in the United States, equating to roughly 80,000 students. Fifty-two percent were male and 48 percent were female. This differs from the rest of the world, where nearly 60 percent of international students were male and just more than 40 percent were female. Almost 60 percent of European students hailed from six countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Russia and Italy, and 44 percent of European students were enrolled at schools in three states – California, New York and Massachusetts.
Among U.S. schools, New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Arizona State University and Columbia University rank one through five for schools with the highest international student populations. More than 10,000 international students were enrolled at each school in July.
Arkansas and New Hampshire saw the highest percentages in international student growth, at 20 and 19 percent respectively, compared to July 2015. 
Other key points from the report include: 77 percent of all international students were from Asia. The top 10 countries of citizenship for international students included: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.
The full report can be viewed here. Report data was extracted from SEVIS July 7. The report captures a point-in-time snapshot of data related to international students studying in the United States. Data for the previous "SEVIS by the Numbers" report was extracted from SEVIS in March 2016.
Individuals can explore and drill down international student data from current and previous "SEVIS by the Numbers" reports by visiting SEVP’s interactive mapping tool. This information is viewable at the continent, region and country level and includes information on gender and education levels, as well as international student populations by state, broken down by geographical areas across the globe. New this year, users can view international student data at the U.S. state level to learn more about the students studying in a specific area of the United States.
SEVP monitors approximately one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies the schools and programs that enroll these students. The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents, and oversees exchange visitor programs.
Both use SEVIS to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws. SEVP also collects and shares SEVIS information with government partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, so only legitimate international students and exchange visitors gain entry into the United States.
HSI reviews SEVIS records for potential violations and refers cases with possible national security or public safety concerns to its field offices for further investigation. Additionally, SEVP’s Analysis and Operations Center reviews student and school records for administrative compliance with federal regulations related to studying in the United States.
Learn more about SEVP at www.ICE.gov/SEVP.       

A Comprehensive Overview of the Newly Proposed Entrepreneur Parole Program #Entrepreneur



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Friday, August 26, 2016

Iranian students put life on hold due to extensive delays in US visa processing

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/25/iranian-students-defer-us-visa-delays?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

USCIS Proposes Rule to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States.

Read the advance version of the notice of proposed rulemaking: International Entrepreneur Rule. Once the notice of proposed rulemaking is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 45 days from the date of publication to comment. To submit comments, follow the instructions in the notice.

“America’s economy has long benefitted from the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, from Main Street to Silicon Valley,” said Director León Rodríguez. “This proposed rule, when finalized, will help our economy grow by expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the U.S.”

The proposed rule would allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use its existing discretionary statutory parole authority for entrepreneurs of startup entities whose stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit through the substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation.  Under this proposed rule, DHS may parole, on a case-by-case basis, eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises:
  • Who have a significant ownership interest in the startup (at least 15 percent) and have an active and central role to its operations;
  • Whose startup was formed in the United States within the past three years; and
  • Whose startup has substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation, as evidenced by:
    • Receiving significant investment of capital (at least $345,000) from certain qualified U.S. investors with established records of successful investments;
    • Receiving significant awards or grants (at least $100,000) from certain federal, state or local government entities; or
    • Partially satisfying one or both of the above criteria in addition to other reliable and compelling evidence of the startup entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.
Under the proposed rule, entrepreneurs may be granted an initial stay of up to two years to oversee and grow their startup entity in the United States.  A subsequent request for re-parole (for up to three additional years) would be considered only if the entrepreneur and the startup entity continue to provide a significant public benefit as evidenced by substantial increases in capital investment, revenue or job creation. 

The notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register invites public comment for 45 days, after which USCIS will address the comments received.  The proposed rule does not take effect with the publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking.  It will take effect on the date indicated in the final rule when a final rule is published in the Federal Register.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email

From USCIS:

Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems.

Remember, USCIS officials will never ask for payment over the phone or in an email. If we need payment, we will mail a letter on official stationery requesting payment.  

If you receive a scam email or phone call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at http://1.usa.gov/1suOHSS. If you are not sure if it is a scam, forward the suspicious email to the USCIS Webmaster
at uscis.webmaster@uscis.dhs.gov. USCIS will review the emails received and share with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Visit the Avoid Scams Initiative at www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams for more information on common scams and other important tips. If you have a question about your immigration record, call customer service at 800-375-5283 or make an InfoPass appointment at http://infopass.uscis.gov.

Friday, August 12, 2016

USCIS Message: Students Applying for Naturalization

From USCIS:

Dear Stakeholder,

If you work with students (18 years of age or older) who are applying for naturalization and their educational institution is outside of their home state, they may have two options for filing the application based on where they go to school, or where their family lives (if they are unmarried and still financially dependent on their parents).

We have several resources to help students explore filing options, learn about the naturalization process and study for the civics and English tests. The Citizenship Resource Center has numerous preparation resources. For example, you can find information on the eligibility requirements for naturalization on the Path to U.S. Citizenship and Learn About Naturalization pages.    

Remember, the wrong help can hurt! To learn information on protecting yourself against immigration services scams, visit our Avoid Scams web page, atuscis.gov/avoidscams. This site contains information on common scams, form filing tips, how to find legal services and where to report immigration scams.

Kind Regards,
Public Engagement Division
US Citizenship and Immigration Services

5th Circ. Axes Fine Against Staffing Co. In I-9 Scuffle

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca5/15-60173/15-60173-2016-08-11.html

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

USCIS Policy Manual Update for MAVNI

The USCIS Policy Manual has been updated to provide information about the existing Department of Defense Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) Program. This update incorporates currently available information about MAVNI and does not establish new policies or procedures. Volume 12, Part I: Department of Defense Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program is effective on August 3, 2016. The Policy Alert is available here:
A summary of new and updated policies for comment is available on the Policy Manual for Comment page.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 8 is the Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension

If you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 months to your STEM OPT period. If you want to apply for this 7-month extension, you must properly file your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization(with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016.

You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:
  • You are currently participating in STEM OPT based on a 17-month extension;
  • You request the additional 7-month period by filing a new Form I-765 between May 10, 2016 and August 8, 2016, and within 60 days of the date your designated school official’s enters the recommendation for the 24-month OPT extension into your SEVIS record;
  • You have at least 150 days of valid employment authorization remaining on your 17-month STEM OPT period on the date you properly file your new Form I-765; and
  • You, your designated school official, and your employer meet all the 24-month STEM OPT extension requirements.

For more information on the STEM OPT extension, visit our Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) page

DHS Announces 18-Month Redesignation and Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria


WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with the Federal Register notice published today.
Who is EligibleCurrent TPS StatusWhen to File
Current TPS beneficiaries from Syria
Have TPS
To extend your TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016.
Syrian nationals and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, who have:
  • Continuously resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and
  • Been continuously physically present in the United States sinceOct. 1, 2016.
Do not have TPS
To obtain TPS, you may apply for TPS during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Jan. 30, 2017.

Individuals re-registering for TPS:

Current beneficiaries under Syria’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Syria TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of March 31, 2018. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Syria EADs with a Sept. 30, 2016, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 31, 2017.
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:

Individuals applying for TPS for the first time:

For Syrian nationals (and persons having no nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) who do not currently have TPS, the TPS redesignation may allow them to apply for TPS if they have continuously resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since Oct. 1, 2016. Applicants must meet all other TPS eligibility and filing requirements.
To apply for the first time, individuals must submit:
Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS application under Syria’s designation do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they should submit:
Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.

All USCIS forms are available for free. Download forms or order them by mail through the USCIS website atuscis.gov/forms or by calling the USCIS Forms Request Line toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Applicants can check their case status at My Case Status Online or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-767-1833).
For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

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