Immigration News

  • STEM OPT Deadline

    The filing fee for Form I-765 is $410, effective 12 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, December 23, 2016. A deadline for 2017 has not been listed yet. See USCIS.gov for details. If you are now on a 17-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension, you may apply to extend your OPT period for an extra 7 months. You must file form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) by August 8, 2016. This form must be signed and submitted with the correct fee. For more information on the 7-month extensi…

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  • Filing Fee Increases

    The clock is ticking . . . The Immigration Service recently proposed raising the filing fees for many immigration applications. We expect filing fees to increase in the Fall of 2016. The biggest proposed filing fee increases are for the following applications. Naturalization (Form N-400) Increase from $595 to $640 Proof of US Citizenship (Forms N-600 and N-600K) Increase from $600 to $1170 Relative Petitions (Forms I-130 and I-485) I-130: Increase from $420 to $535 I-485:…

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  • Diversity Lottery Tip

    The Diversity Lottery Program (also known as the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program) provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) every year for those from counties with low rates of immigration to the US. Lottery winners are drawn from all entries of those who qualify to apply. For more information on the Diversity Lottery, including a list of countries whose natives are eligible to apply for the lottery, visit travel.state.gov. Warning: Filing an application for the Diversity Lottery ma…

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  • Visa Waiver Program Changes

    Visa Waiver Program Changes: Recent legislation limits who may be eligible to enter the US without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Beginning in 2016, citizens of the following countries will no longer be eligible to enter the US using the Visa Waiver Program: Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan. Citizens of these countries will now be required to apply for a visa to enter the US. The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of many countries to enter the US for up to 90 days for business or touris…

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  • Passport Update

    Passport Pages: Beginning January 1, 2016, the US Department of State will no longer add visa pages to US passports. After that date, passport holders who need more pages for entry or exit stamps will need to apply for a new passport. The State Department made this change to enhance passport security. Requests for additional passport pages will only be accepted until December 31, 2015. For information on how and where to apply for a passport visit Travel.State.Gov/ApplyEarly…

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