Posted on June 15 2022
US immigration update
Here's some latest news to be aware of if you are planning to migrate to US.
The USA has taken some very significant steps in a period of 2 months with an aim of setting US immigration and visa processing on track again. These new measures have also been taken to clear backlogs that were created after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scope of changes involves premium visa processing as well as granting extensions to international students. Here are the 5 new changes made by the USA.
Work authorizations (applicable to spouses of those who hold L, H, and E visas)
There’s a new guide that has been published for work permits for spouses of those who have L, E, and H spouses.
*To learn more about US dependent visas, click here.
J-1 visa extension
STEM students, including those who graduated recently and want to start academic training, under 30 days after completion of their STEM-related studies, are now allowed to extend their J-1 visas for not more than 36 months.
The DHS has also added 22 new fields of study, They have been added to the STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) program.
O-1 Visa guidelines
An extended guideline has been published for O-1 work visas. This is for those with aptitude considered remarkable in certain fields such as education, sciences, athletics, arts, business, or motion picture/television production.
The applicant has to exhibit:
The new guideline lays its focus on submitting evidence with the same significance to that criterion with the intention to establish sustained acclaim as well as recognition. This is so in case the applicant demonstrates that a certain criterion doesn’t readily apply to their jobs.
Premium Processing (For holders of EB-1 and EB-2 visas)
A premium process has been introduced for 140 petitioners. They were having pending petitions under the visa categories of EB-1 and EB-2.
There will be a phased expansion. The phases are:
The premium processing availability of the following will continue to take place during the several phases of expansion:
Extension of authorized work period
Certain applicants for renewal who have filed the following qualify for an automatic extension of their employment authorization reaching expiry and/or EADs during the period their application status is “pending”. This includes employment, family, specialty, asylum, TPS, and diversity applicants.
With this, the applicant's authorized period of work will extend from 180 days to 540 days. The USCIS expects that this will help immigrants steer clear of gaps in employment owing to EAD renewal applications that are pending.
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