The Waiting Game: Navigating the 240 Day Rule, H-1B Processing Delays, and Premium Processing

May 26, 2016

by Michael (Chaim) Bergman, Esq. Associate Attorney at The Nair Law Group 8 CFR 274a.12(b)(20) outlines what practitioners, petitioners, and beneficiaries recognize as the “240 day rule” for individuals holding one of several select nonimmigrant statuses that provide work authorization (such as an H-1B). This provision allows for an individual whose status has expired, to continue working for their current employer, pursuant to a timely filed extension of that status (i.e… Read More

24-Month STEM OPT Extension

May 23, 2016

-by Damini M. Patel, Esq. Associate Attorney at The Nair Law Group On May 11, 2016, USCIS’s approved 24-month STEM OPT extension rule will go into effect.  This rule will allow certain F-1 students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, and who meet other specified requirements, to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT. The 24-month extension will replace the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available…