Jan 21, 2022
A Federal Register notice published January 21, 2022 announced that DHS "is amending the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List by adding 22 qualifying fields of study and a corresponding Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for each." This list is used to determine which degrees obtained by F-1 students following the completion of a program of study qualifies as a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree for the F-1 student to be eligible to apply for a 24-month STEM extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT). Learn more in this blog.
Jan 18, 2022
On December 29, 2021, the DOS issued a proposal raising the Consular Service fees for Nonimmigrant (NIV) and Special Visas. Comments on the proposed rule are due February 28, 2022. Learn more in this blog.
Dec 22, 2021
As our Australian clients are acutely aware, between limited, expensive, and frequently-cancelled-flights to the financial and psychological toll of a mandatory 2-week-quarantine on their own dime (which has been shortened as of late), to even requiring permission to leave the country again, returning Down Under over the past 21 months has been tough to say the least. However, once landed and released back into the world, Australian Citizens have usually benefitted from shorter wait-times for in-person Visa Appointments. Even as slots have vanished over the past few months with the U.S. Consulate in Sydney’s move, Australian Citizens have had the extra option of mailing-in Visa Applications for renewals once they are in the country, so long as they satisfy a list of requirements including but not limited to applying for the same classification of a visa that expired within the defined period of time.