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ISSO Holiday Hours

In preparation for the winter holiday, the ISSO is sharing important information regarding office closures and travel guidance. Details can be found here.

Increase in Department of Homeland Security Filing Fees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just published a new rule that raises immigration filing fees. Below are the relevant fee changes for employment-related petitions and benefits. Effective November 18, 2016, all H-1B requests submitted by Departments to HR must include checks written with the new DHS fee amounts.  Details can be found here.

India - Extended Wait Times for H-1B Visa Appointments

The ISSO was recently notified of extended wait times to schedule H-1B visa interviews at U.S. embassies/consulates in India, ranging from 60-100 days. Details can be found here.

New STEM OPT Regulations - March 15, 2016

On Friday, March 11, 2016 the Dept. of Homeland Security published the final rule implementing new STEM OPT regulations to be effective on May 10, 2016. Details can be found here.

H-1B Processing Slowdown with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), January 21, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is backlogged in processing all H-1B petitions. It is taking approximately 8 months for the USCIS to approve an H-1B petition. Details can be found here.