No More Deference: How USCIS Will Review Requests for Extensions

By: Elizabeth Goings In its latest round of updates, on October 23, 2017, USCIS issued a policy memorandum (PM-602-0151) which addresses how officers should review nonimmigrant petitions at the time of extension. Moving forward, USCIS will adjudicate all extension petitions at the same level of review it does for initial petitions for nonimmigrant categories such […]
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New 90-Day Rule and Nonimmigrant Intent

By: Navdeep Meamber Recently the Department of State has amended the Foreign Affairs Manual to include a new 90–Day Rule. Under this rule, some acts may be presumed as violation of nonimmigrant status if undertaken within 90 days of entry to the U.S on certain nonimmigrant intent visa status such as B or F status. […]
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Overview of International Entrepreneur Rule (“Entrepreneur Parole”)

By: Sismi Menachery On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final “International Entrepreneur Rule” to “implement the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the U.S.” The rule which was to go into effect on July 17, 2017 and […]
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