Spring 2016



Originally published March 29, 2016


27 April 2016

Employer Alerts – Spring 2016

H-1B Cap Season in Full Swing The H-1B filing window for fiscal year 2017 is set to open on April 1, 2016, much to the delight of many would-be H-1B workers with offers of employment in the United States.  A total of 85,000 H-1B visas are available under the cap; 20,000 of which are set … Continued

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27 April 2016

STEM Workers Granted Extended Employment Authorization Period

Originally published March 18, 2016 On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation that extends the period of work authorization from its current 17-month period to 24 months for foreign students who will be employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations by U.S. companies that participate in E-Verify. … Continued

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28 April 2016

SGG Marks Service Milestone After Scientific Breakthrough

Originally published March 29, 2016 Over the past few months, the media has given considerable attention to mankind’s first detection of gravitational waves in space using Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors. This phenomenon, resulting from the merger of two black holes, was predicted in 1915 by Albert Einstein. For the past four decades, thousands … Continued

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28 April 2016

Transgender Activist Granted Political Asylum

Originally published March 29, 2016 Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez, LLP (SGG) has a strong commitment to providing pro bono legal representation to vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in our community. As part of this commitment, we work with local non-profit organizations, including Catholic Charities of Los Angeles’ Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (Esperanza) in representing detained asylum … Continued

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28 April 2016

New Electronic Visa System for Chinese Visitors

Originally published March 29, 2016 In November 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS), an online system requiring Chinese nationals travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport with a 10-year B visitor visa to update their basic biographic information.  All travelers will be required to complete … Continued

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28 April 2016

Congress Implements Changes to Visa Waiver Program

Originally published March 29, 2016 The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.  On January 21, 2016, Congress implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, … Continued

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28 April 2016

Update: U.S. v. Texas

Originally published March 24, 2016 In April 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case brought by 26 states to prevent the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). A decision is expected from the … Continued

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