Julie Ferguson

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State Department Announces Cut-Off Date for Chinese EB-5 Investors

As of May 1, 2015, the EB-5 category will have used up its annual limit of visas and the Department of State will establish a cut-off date of May 1, 2013 for Chinese EB-5 investors. This means that only Chinese nationals with...more

4/16/2015 - China Department of State EB-5 Immigration Procedures Visas

Severe Fines for I-9 Noncompliance

During the first quarter of 2015, The Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued five decisions involving employer violations related to Form I-9. In its latest decision (United States v. Liberty Packaging,...more

4/10/2015 - Audits Corporate Fines Employer Liability Issues False Reporting I-9 ICE OCAHO

Will the New Technology-Focused Immigration Bill Succeed?

Technology companies, industry groups, and trade associations are enthusiastically supporting a new Senate bill that would make it easier for foreign nationals working in the technology sector to stay and work in the United...more

1/21/2015 - Foreign Nationals H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform OPT Pending Legislation Popular STEM Technology Sector USCIS

National Visa Center No Longer Collecting Original Civil Documents

As of November 12, the National Visa Center (NVC) has ceased collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (IV) applications. From this date forward, most applicants may submit high quality photocopies of...more

11/25/2014 - Immigration Procedures Immigration Records NVC

Why Did I Receive an Administrative Processing Notice?

Administrative processing ensures that visa applicants are carefully screened before entering the United States. While the number of visa denials is very small, administrative processing adds additional delays to the consular...more

10/22/2014 - Administrative Hearings Department of State Visas

Effectively, China Employment Fifth (EB-5) preference category has become "Unavailable" for the remainder of FY 2014

On August 23, 2014, at the 2014 AILA EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference in Chicago, Charles Oppenheim (Chief of Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting) announced that due to an uptick in demand the China EB-5 visa...more

9/25/2014 - China EB-5 Visa Caps

Tips To Ready Employers When Immigration Agencies Come Knocking

Worksite enforcement actions for immigration-related matters are on the rise; the Obama Administration is emphasizing worksite compliance obligations; and immigration-related audits are increasing....more

5/7/2014 - Audits Best Management Practices DOL E-3 Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Enforcement Actions H-1B I-9 ICE Immigration Records L-1 Obama Administration Workplace Investigations

Prepare To File H-1B Petitions By March 31

Employers and foreign nationals should note that the new H-1B quota numbers for fiscal year 2015 will become available on April 1, 2014. Employers should start preparing new cap-subject H-1B cases immediately to maximize...more

2/21/2014 - H-1B Visa Caps Visas

Concurrent EB-5 Offerings In The United States And Abroad

Until recently, U.S. offerors and others had to make offerings of EB-5 project investments solely offshore in order to benefit from Regulation S, an exclusion from registration requirements. The offerors had to exclude...more

10/2/2013 - Accredited Investors Bad Actors Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank EB-5 Foreign Investment Foreign Nationals Form D Filing General Solicitation Investors JOBS Act Offshore Funds Registration Regulation D Regulation S Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Department Of Homeland Security Announces Final Rule On Unlawful Presence Waivers

The Department of Homeland Security today announced a final rule that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to...more

1/4/2013 - Citizenship DHS Unlawful Presence Waivers USCIS Visas

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