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Annual Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 1 to Nov. 3, 2014

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2016 will begin at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Entries must be...more

Does the recognition of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania have any effect on immigration visa petitions for Pennsylvania citizens?

Immigration visas, unlike marriage recognitions, are regulated by the federal government, not the individual states. This means that the Pennsylvania Whitewood decision, albeit groundbreaking on a state level, has no effect...more

August 2014 Visa Bulletin: Advancement of EB-3 China and EB-2 India Cut-off Dates

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cut-offs that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process, either...more

How to Change Status from Temporary Work Visa to Employment Green Card

Foreign nationals often come into the U.S. under a work visa anticipating that their stay will be temporary. After working in the U.S. for a period of time, however, the individual may wish to make his or her immigration...more

USCIS Issuing Requests for Evidence for Expiring Medical Examinations

All applicants filing for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident, the final stage in the permanent residence or “green card” process, are generally required to file Form I-693, Report of Medical...more

Commuting to the United States as a Permanent Resident: ‘Alien Commuters’ or ‘Green Card Commuters’

Generally, a foreign national who is a permanent resident of the United States must reside permanently in the United States or else risk losing permanent resident status. However, persons who have been granted U.S. permanent...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

Could Einstein Get a Green Card? Proposed DHS Changes Signal New Opportunities for American Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to expand the current list of evidentiary criteria for employment-based first preference (EB-1) outstanding professors and researchers to include a “comparable...more

Business and Employment Based Permanent Residence Information Chart

This chart provides a guide compiled by Williams Mullen’s Immigration Practice Group to “green cards” in the U.S. Please see full chart below for more information....more

U.S. Government Issues Helpful Hints Regarding Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage and Immigration Status

In mid-March, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a notice including helpful hints for individuals who may have questions regarding their immigration status and how this may or may not affect eligibility for...more

EB-5 Visas: a Source of Funding for US Businesses but not Without Risk

China’s wealthy investors are known for seeking secure havens for their money overseas. In addition to being considered a secure environment for their money, the US offers the EB-5 program providing the investor and his or...more

What to Do and Not to Do When Filing for a Marriage-Based Green Card

The process of obtaining a marriage-based green card can be long and fraught with challenges. Married couples seeking to obtain a green card for one of the spouse should keep in mind the following do’s and don’ts when...more

Differences between Work Permit and Green Card

Many people use the words “work visa” and “green card” interchangeably when they are talking about employment-based immigration, but there are several key differences between the two immigration options. The biggest...more

Banker Beware: EB-5 Programs Can Be Fraught With Peril

The EB-5 visa, created by Section 203(b)(5) of the United State's (U.S.) Immigration Act of 1990, was established to attract foreign capital and create U.S. jobs by providing a method of obtaining a Green Card for foreign...more

What Green Card Holders Need to Know When Filing Tax Return

The U.S. tax filing deadline is fast approaching on April 15, 2014. Green card holders often have a number of questions when it comes to tax obligations. As we explained in this recent post, green card holders are generally...more

Does My “Green Card” Expire?

Your Permanent Resident Card (or “Green Card”) is proof of your permanent resident status in the U.S. It also serves as an identification document and proof that you are eligible to live and work in the U.S. Although some...more

Are Green Card Holders Subject to Tax Reporting Obligations?

Tax season is upon us and Americans across the country are busy preparing their state and federal income tax returns. Many green card holders wonder whether they are subject to U.S. tax reporting obligations and, if so, what...more

Getting a Green Card Subjects Noncitizens to U.S. Foreign Bank Account Reporting Requirements

A resident or citizen of a country other than the United States who obtains lawful permanent resident status in the United States, often referred to as a “green card,” becomes a resident of the United States for U.S. income...more

Eleventh Circuit Court Holds That Remarriage Does Not Bar Green Card Eligibility for Surviving Relative

In Williams v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment and remanded the case, finding that remarriage does not bar...more

Protecting the Integrity of the EB-5 Investment Market Through the Adoption and Use of Due Diligence Best Practices

EB-5 stakeholders must act to protect the integrity of the EB-5 investment market in the wake of the SEC fraud complaint against the International Regional Center Trust of Chicago, LLC. The EB-5 immigrant investor program...more

Advising Business Owners Seeking Financing Through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

Business owners throughout the United States are still finding it difficult to finance development and expansion of their business, almost three years after the start of the Great Recession in September 2008, and weak job...more

Update on California’s New Targeted Employment Area Procedures for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Financing

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is actively communicating with EB-5 stakeholders to address concerns raised with the new procedures for designating “Targeted Employment Areas.” We met with Brook...more

EB-5 Alert: California’s New Targeted Employment Area Procedures Impose New Barriers on California’s Ability to Compete for EB-5...

California has adopted new policies that will deny EB-5 financing to many projects. On April 30, 2012, the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency released a bombshell that will have substantial...more

BIA Holds Pending Application for H-1B Extension Does Not Confer Lawful Status

On November 7, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision sustaining the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent had failed to maintain lawful status during the...more

USCIS Issues Policy Memo on Parole of Non-Citizen Family Members of Military Service Men and Women

Parole in place (PIP) is an immigration procedure that allows qualifying family members who entered the U.S. without inspection and admission to apply for green cards (adjustment of status) while in the U.S., instead of being...more

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