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Department of State Releases May 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Expect some retrogression in EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates in the coming months. The US Department of State has released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

The Future of EB-5 is Being Viewed through a Different Lens

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Developers, investors and other stakeholders are looking for signs as to how the new administration will approach legal immigration, specifically immigration fostered by the EB-5 Regional Center Program. As we reported in...more

Bigger Investments Proposed for EB-5 Projects; Investors Scramble to Beat Deadline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we have previously reported, many members of Congress have proposed and considered several reforms to the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program known as "EB-5" over the past several years. The reforms included making the...more

Department of State Releases April 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart again, but small advances in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State has released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate...more

What to do if you suspect your EB-5 project is in trouble

Managers and Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds should regularly monitor their investments in EB-5 Projects and be ready to take protective actions if their EB-5 Projects show signs of trouble. It is vitally important...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; China EB-3 advances 6.5 months in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Prepares for Possible Rollback of Federal Water, Wetlands Regulations - Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discussed eliminating what he...more

Department of State Releases February 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; scant advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

Current Administration Proposes Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced potential changes that could significant impact the EB-5 investor visa program. The EB-5 investor visa was originally established by Congress in 1990 to attract foreign...more

What to Expect on the Immigration Front from President Trump?

by Burr & Forman on

With the inauguration just days away, what will the immigration landscape look like in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration? We can expect a lot of talk about enforcement, about the repeal of various executive...more

Immigration Under the Trump Administration

by Cozen O'Connor on

For those of us reading tea leaves after the election, the question remains: how will the election of Donald Trump to the office of the presidency affect immigration? Candidate Trump became well-known for his strong...more

Department of State Releases January 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; minimal advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

Department of State Releases December 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart; small gains in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its December 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

Steps to Take Now to Avoid the EB-5 Dragnet

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is keeping an eagle eye on EB-5 projects these days, as evidenced by a dramatic increase in the number of fraud cases the agency has filed in federal courthouses across the...more

Immigration Filing Fees to Increase in December 2016

by Baker Donelson on

On October 24, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that increased fees for most immigration applications and petitions will be effective December 23, 2016. The fees will increase by an average of...more

Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Employment Visas?

While many observers of the 2016 United States presidential campaign have called immigration policy one of the central issues in the election, the implications of that heightened attention to the issue are not equally clear...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

Department of State Releases October 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Employment-based China and India First Preference and Worldwide Second Preference cutoff dates become “current” once again. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

EB-5 Reauthorization Heading into Lame Duck Session of Congress

The extension of the reauthorization for the EB-5 Investor Visa Program may lapse on September 30, 2016. Whether lawmakers will invest time in EB-5 this coming month is an open question, but it is more probable than not that...more

Venture Capitalists and Immigration Proponents Likely Disappointed by USCIS Proposed Entrepreneurial Parolee Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS proposes a regulation to grant special “parole” entry to certain foreign entrepreneurs backed by venture capitalists and angel investors. The rule is long and complicated, while the benefit granted...more

Department of State Releases September 2016 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Employment-based final action dates reflect modest advancement for the end of the fiscal year. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its September 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

I-526 Processing Delays Expected to Continue into 2017

According to data recently supplied by USCIS, there are more than 20,000 I-526 petitions pending adjudication as of the end of March 2016. This is a massive backlog of cases. What are the implications of this backlog to...more

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