Welcome! As we approach the H-1B cap season and St. Patrick’s Day, USCIS announced its new mission statement. Particularly telling, the new statement removed “a nation of immigrants” and “by providing accurate and useful information to our customers.”
This new statement is another disappointing example of the agency’s current disregard for the vast contributions of many immigrants to our nation; for their obligation to provide accurate information; and for the need of US employers to hire foreign talent to remain competitive.
The Marks Gray Immigration Team believes in the United States as a nation of immigrants, and we are proud of our clients and the contributions immigrants make to our country.
Now more than ever, it is critically important to remain proactive and prepared for ongoing delays, unwarranted requests for additional information, and other challenges. This new mission could make last year’s unwarranted RFEs and denials only a prelude to ongoing changes.
In this newsletter, I share more about our continued efforts to educate on current immigration issues through speaking engagements, tips about Form I-983 for the F-1 OPT STEM Extension, an upcoming change to the InfoPass appointment scheduling process, and a new USCIS policy which makes your signatures even more important.
We believe that the more informed you are, the better chance you have at success. Good luck to all our clients as we progress through the H-1B visa cap season. Thank you for staying tuned and for your continued trust and partnership!