Bender's Immigration Bulletin - June 1, 2011 - Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing Proposed

In a May 19, 2011 news release, USCIS proposed significant enhancements to the EB-5 visa program. According to the USCIS, the proposal makes three fundamental changes to the processing of EB-5 filings. First, processing would be accelerated for job-creating projects that are fully developed and ready...

STEMing the tide: preventing the exodus of foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced science degrees

Hearing on: "STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?" Wednesday 10/5/2011 - 1:30 p.m., 2141 Rayburn House Office Building, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Committee on the Judiciary...

From The Bookshelf: High-Skilled Immigration in a Global Labor Market

"STEM workers are in high demand in today's international labor market. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many countries in Western Europe have adopted policies designed to attract and efficiently employ high-skilled workers. The United States, however, remains mired in legislative...

The No-Brainer Issue of the Year: Let High-Skill Immigrants Stay

"Behind Door #1 are people of extraordinary ability: scientists, artists, educators, business people and athletes. Behind Door #2 stand a random assortment of people. Which door should the United States open? In 2010, the United States more often chose Door #2, setting aside about 40,000...

DHS Announces Expanded List of STEM Degree Programs

" The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension. This announcement builds on a...

STEM Green Card vs. Green Card Lottery

"[T]he green card lottery is reminiscent of what America used to be without a formal immigration program. Immigrants who came to America through the centuries were like the plucky green card lottery winners of today. They took a chance and came to the shores of America. They were not scientists...

Wanted: Great STEM...and Tandoori Chicken

"Reforming a broken system, which includes legalizing the 10 million plus undocumented immigrants in the US, as well as providing quicker and more sensible pathways to legal status, could unleash even greater wealth. Immigrants of all stripes are essentially very entrepreneurial. An undocumented...

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment: Extension of OPT for STEM

SUBJECT: 17-Month Extension of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students Enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degree Programs "The purpose of this policy memorandum (PM) is to clarify the eligibility requirements for a 17-month extension...

How Immigration Reform Could Boost Our National Defense

"Encouraging bright minds to stay in the United States after graduation, grow businesses and create jobs is critical to secure our country’s position as a high-tech hub and global leader in innovation. It’s also important to our national security. Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...

Dr. No vs. the League of Extraordinary Aliens, or Why are Ph.D. STEM O-1s Under Attack?

"A string of recent O-1 RFEs [Requests for Evidence], and NOIDs [Notices of Intent to Deny] from the USCIS California Service Center reveal a new disturbing trend. The best and brightest, including the very STEM PhDs to whom the Senate and much of the House would essentially just give green cards...