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Suggestions on personal safety with respect to transportation
The prudent see danger and
take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. (NIV)  Proverbs 27:12 I am sending you out like
sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (NIV) Matthew 10:16 By now you likely have ...

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H-1B lottery: update on the "fat lady"
In a previous post, I explained the phrase "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings." With respect to the H-1B lottery, only when you receive a blue sheet from USCIS, along with your original filing and uncashed filing fee checks will you be sure that you fai...

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H-1B lottery: still waiting for the fat lady
The late American baseball player Yogi Berra used to say that "it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings." He meant that because baseball (unlike football, soccer, hockey or basketball) has no game clock, a team can never run out of time. Regardless of how far ...

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H-1B lottery results: check cashing can precede mailing
If your employer filed an H-1B cap-subject petition for you at the beginning of April, you might still be unsure of whether or not you survived the lottery. The clearest indication, of course, is that your attorney or employer received the I-797 notice, whi...

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New green card format effective May 1, 2017
USCIS is changing the format of green cards effective May 1, 2017. See this link . The new format will contain features that make forgery more difficult. Please remember that the use of fraudulent or false immigration documents is NOT COOL, and could preven...

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Many USCIS filing fees will increase on December 23, 2016
Just in time for Christmas, USCIS will be increasing many of
its filing fees. .
The increase is effective December 23, 2016. A co...

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Are you using CPT as a bridge to the next H-1B filing?
Last year, I prepared an H-1B petition for a company that
wanted to hire a woman, “Gloria” (not her real name of course) as a financial
advisor. Unfortunately, that petition did not get selected in the lottery.
Therefore, following the end of her optional p...

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Understanding when to use premium processing for your H-1B petition
Certain petitions that a petitioner files with United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including for H-1B, can receive
premium processing. For an additional (at this writing) fee of $1225, via form
I-907, a requester (such as a petitione...

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Understanding, and transitioning to, a 24-month OPT STEM extension
On May 10, 2016, the optional practical training (OPT)
extension for those in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (
STEM) field will   be changed in several
important ways. These changes affect those who will be applying for an
extension on or...

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Postponement, to May 10, 2016, of the deadline for new STEM OPT extension regulations
A Federal court has given the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) additional time to implement, properly, regulations concerning optional
practical training (OPT) STEM extensions and F-1-to-H-1B “cap gap” extensions.
original deadline was Februar...
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