New Immigration Rule for Dependents of International Students

Good news for international students – Husbands, wives and children of F-1 and M-1 international students who have  F-2 or M-2 status, may now study part-time at USCIS certified (SEVP) schools.  The enrollment must be for less than a full course of study.  If those in F-2 or M-2 study want to study full-time they are still required to apply for a change of status to F-1 or M-1.




How do I find a doctor for my immigration medical exam?

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Most people who apply for a green card need to find a doctor authorized by USCIS (called a civil surgeon) to perform a medical exam.  The medical exam results are submitted to USCIS along with the forms and other documents.  USCIS announced today that is is providing an online tool to help find a doctor by zip code.  For help in finding a doctor near you click on USCIS doctors. Remember to ask the doctor for a copy of the forms he or she will give to you to submit to the USCIS.

H-1B Season Update

Good news for those who filed H-1B petitions with a request for premium processing:  USCIS announced today that it will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing on April 27, 2015. More H-1B Information

H-1B Cap Reached


USCIS announced today that it has reached the H-1B Cap for 2016, including both the general category and the cap for advanced degree holders. USCIS will use a lottery system to select H-1B petitions that will be processed for a start date of October 1, 2015. USCIS cannot yet announce the date of the lottery due to the large number of H-1B petitions received.   Petitions not selected by the lottery will be returned along with the filing fees.

How to Avoid Immigration Scams

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It is very important to be careful of immigration scams.  We expect that in the next few months a new kind of immigration application may become available to those who are undocumented and meet the requirements for a new  expanded kind Deferred Action.  Click here for tips on how to prepare for this new program. There is nothing you can file now for this new program.  Be careful of following the advice of anyone who tells you that you can apply now. You may not only waste your money, you may end up committing fraud, and or getting deported.

For more information on how to recognize an immigration scam go to Immigration Scams.

Some people may be able to apply for Deferred Action under the Program under the old program.  For information on the  old program go to  Who Can Apply for DACA (Deferred Action) Now.




Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Syracuse University will honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with a series of events in April 2015. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a series of events to highlight achievements and provide information on the heritage of these groups.  For more information on these events click on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month