Newsletter Archive


Date 06/13/2016

Alert - Wait Times for Visa Appointments in India.

U.S. Consular Posts in India are currently experiencing extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. At the time of this writing, the current wait times for all NIV categories other than B, F, and J are:

• Chennai - 75 days

• Hyderabad - 93 days

• Kolkata - 96 days

• Mumbai - 88 days

• New Delhi… Read More


Date 06/03/16

The New 24-Month STEM OPT Extension: How to qualify and who will be affected?

by Damini M. Patel, Esq., Associate Attorney of The Nair Law Group

On May 11, 2016, USCIS's approved 24-month STEM OPT extension rule went into effect. This rule allows 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… Read More


Date 06/02/16

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

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… Read More


Date 05/10/2016

Dear Client:


• Employers May Submit Inquiries If Extension of Status/Change of Employer Petition Has Been Pending for 210 Days or More

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will allow Petitioners who filed Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting an extension of status or change of employer to submit an inquiry if their petition has been pending for 210… Read More


Date 04-17-2016

Dear Client:


As of April 7, 2016 USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general… Read More