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A Closer Look at the USCIS Final Rule on High-Skilled Immigration

On November 18, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that significantly affects the ability of employers to employ and retain foreign national workers in the United States (Final Rule)....more

Nao Deixe O Samba Morrer! (Don’t Let Samba Die!) Part 2 - What Now? - Immigration Planning Considerations after the Trump...

Overview - For many this week, the unthinkable and unexpected became a political reality with the election of Donald Trump. If anyone was wondering if the tough rhetoric during the campaign would be relaxed after the...more

Long-Awaited High Skilled Worker Regulations Published by the Department of Homeland Security

In a welcome development, on November 18, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule benefitting many highly skilled nonimmigrant foreign workers and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 employment-based immigrant...more

What will U.S. Business Immigration Look Like Under A Trump Administration?

More than 10 days have passed since the election results were revealed, and the United States now has a businessman as its president-elect ready to take office on January 20, 2017. However, despite his business background, it...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Mandatory Beginning November 10, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Beginning November 10, 2016, the Canadian government will require many travelers flying to Canada to first obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The following alert is relevant to...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

2018 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, 2016

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2018 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted by...more

Hurricane Matthew Relief

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has set out its directives to offer immigration relief measures for those persons affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters, such as Hurricane...more

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

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

U.S. State Department Announces the Latest Green Card Lottery

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published instructions for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the “DV Lottery” or “Green Card Lottery”). The Green Card Lottery makes available 50,000...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program: Cuba, Ecuador, and Guatemala Eligible to Register

For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4,...more

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

Cuando Sali De Cuba – The Surprising Incongruence in Immigration Benefits between Cubans and the Rest of Latin Americans

I was a Spanish and Portuguese major at the United States Military Academy a long time ago. In those days, I saw my future as five years of military services and then on to graduate school to get a degree in Latin American...more

I-829 Delays Reach All-Time Record: Thousands of EB-5 Investors in Limbo at USCIS

On August 11, 2016, USCIS published new processing times for I-829 petitions. The news is not good for EB-5 investors. USCIS is now taking in excess of 21 months to adjudicate I-829 petitions. This means that EB-5 investors...more

Suggested Procedures and Possible Options for Accepting Minors as Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds

The delay in processing EB-5 immigrant visas caused by the increasing waiting line commonly referred to as “retrogression” is causing an increase in demand by parents in China to have their minor children named as the primary...more

China Eases Requirements for Foreigner Permanent Residency Applications

In February 2016, China’s General Office of the State Council issued its Opinion on Strengthening Management of the Service for Foreigners’ Permanent Residency (“Opinion”), setting out a framework for the development of less...more

Bringing Families Together with a Same-Sex Visa

The United States Supreme Court has now granted same-sex unions the same rights that traditional marriages experience. This also means that green cards are now available for immigrant spouses of the same sex. The law now...more

Divorce and K1 Adjustment of Status

Recipients of a fiancé visa, officially known as a K-1 visa are required to marry only their United States’ citizen petitioner. After the marriage, the foreign citizen must then file for an adjustment of status within 90 days...more

EB-5 Visa Program A Win-Win For Immigrants And Americans

The 1990 EB-5 green card program has been a controversial one for Americans, even as thousands of foreign nationals and American citizens reap the benefits of the program. Through the program, impoverished areas in the United...more

The Hidden Cost Of “Going Home” — the Expatriation Tax for Long-Term Permanent Residents Who Return to Their Home Countries

People immigrate to the United States for many different reasons. Many come here for work reasons and, somewhere along the way, obtain permanent resident status, otherwise known as holding a “green card.” They may work in the...more

Allegations of Fraud in EB5 Program

Immigrants seeking an EB5 green card to enter the United States are often at risk of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals. Eager to gain legal entrance to the United States, many overlook questionable...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the First Quarter of 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter, our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q1 2016 for the energy industry including 1) the fate of the Clean...more

Marrying a U.S.Citizen: Which Visa is Right for You?

When United States citizens and foreign-born individuals decide to tie the knot, there can be a variety of obstacles that get in the way. While things like language barriers, religious customs and cultural misunderstandings...more

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