Summary of President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions” Plan

December 4, 2014
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On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms to address several parts of the immigration system. Some of his key initiatives are expanded and new deferred action program for undocumented individuals in the U.S., improvements to certain business and family petitions, and border security and enforcement. Deferred Action Changes President Obama.. read more →

Matter of Dhanasar Establishes New NIW Adjudication Standard

January 12, 2017
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In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) vacates and replaces the 18-year-old 3-prong test for adjudicating national interest waiver (“NIW”) cases under INA §203(b)(2)(B)(i), as described in the landmark decision of New York State Department of Transportation (“NYSDOT”) in 1998. read more →

Visatopia Moves Irvine Branch Office into More Spacious Office after Experiencing Continued Growth in 2015-2016

April 22, 2016
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 Arcadia, April 19, 2016/VISATOPIA/ – To better serve its growing clientele and expanding practice,  the Law Offices of Deacon Zhang (Visatopia) on Monday moved its Orange County branch office into a larger modern office space at 8 Corporate Park in Irvine. Visatopia will host an open house in early May. The Visatopia Irvine office is.. read more →

Sham University Should Serve as Warning to all International Students

April 7, 2016
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The recent arrests of 21 individuals involved in enrolling foreign students in a sham university in the U.S. should serve as a sign of caution for foreign students wishing to study in the United States. The arrests centered around the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ). This school appeared to be like any other U.S… read more →

USCIS Authorizes Employment Eligibility for Certain H-4 Dependents

April 6, 2016
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As of May 26, 2015, USCIS has extended eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants, who are seeking employment-based, lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the United States. This new regulation is part of the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014. Extending eligibility for employment.. read more →

Graduates in STEM OPT Can Now Extend OPT for up to 24 Months

April 6, 2016
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Thousands of U.S-educated, foreign-born recent graduates can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has amended its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. Specifically, the final rule allows.. read more →

Amended Federal Rules Broaden Evidence for EB1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers and Help Foreign Professionals Extend Stay with U.S. Employers and Limit Disruptions to the Workforce, among Other Changes

April 6, 2016
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The complicated patchwork of American immigration rules just became a bit easier for specialized professionals from Singapore, Chile, and Australia, and for temporary workers in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean. A new rule also expands the type of evidence outstanding professors and researchers seeking to enter the U.S. can.. read more →

Immigration Law 2015: A Year in Review

January 14, 2016
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Immigration law and immigration law reform were major topics in 2015 with many positive developments for immigrants and potential immigrants hoping to live and/or work in the United States. This article will highlight some of the major changes in immigration law, particularly those that relate to employment-based and business-oriented immigration which is the hallmark of.. read more →

New Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Changes Regarding Employment-Based Immigrant (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3) and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

January 9, 2016
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On December 31, 2015 DHS and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published proposed changes to the regulations regarding employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The proposed changes are extremely significant considering they would affect such a large number of the countries’ immigrant workers as well as potentially millions of other individuals applying for.. read more →

Happy New Year Message from Managing Attorney

December 24, 2015
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Dear Clients and Friends: The Law Offices of Deacon Zhang wishes you and your family a joyful holiday season and a wonderful New Year! read more →

最新消息:STEM学生的OPT延期有望达到24个月

October 21, 2015
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10月19日,一个平凡的星期一。但是,从DHS传来了令无数F-1学生振奋的消息:STEM学科留学生的OPT延期有望达到24个月! 历史回顾:一波三折的STEM OPT延期 2015年8月12日,美国哥伦比亚地区联邦法院在Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. USDHS (Civil Action No. 14-529) 的案件审理中,认为美国移民局允许STEM学生延长OPT实习时间的法规有程序瑕疵,勒令该法规从2016年2月12日开始失效。考虑到马上废止该法律会波及到大批的外国学生和美国雇主, 法院同意搁置该废止法令六个月。 在六个月内,移民局可以按照行政程序法的要求, 弥补程序瑕疵, 改正并通过新规则。 read more →