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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

Immigration Laws Stifle US Business

US immigration laws have not been created with the growing global economy’s need for foreign talent in mind, and should be reformed to promote hiring the best minds for the US economy. With globalization of the modern...more

Immigration Policy By Lottery? Another Year, Nothing Changes.

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of...more

USCIS Guidance on “Same or a Similar” Occupation for AC21 Welcomed

In a welcome move, on March 18, 2016 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released policy guidance for its officers to help them decide “green card portability” cases....more

Expatriation Case

Cases on the new expatriation regime under Code Section 877A are few and far between. The Tax Court has now issued an opinion involving a U.S. resident who gave up his green card and the resulting consequences under Code...more

Adeus, Brasil - Parte 1

Considerações estratégicas para profissionais e donos de empresas que desejam imigrar para os Estados Unidos. Descrição geral - Sou um advogado americano e concluí os cursos de espanhol e português na Academia...more

Understanding the EB5 System

Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to promote economic growth and job creation in the United States. This system allows immigrant entrepreneurs to apply for green cards in return for investing in a new commercial...more

Getting a Family-Based Green Card

Family immigration laws make it easier for relatives of U.S. citizens to gain permanent residency in America. With sponsorship, they can can apply for permanent residency status or an immigration visa number based on...more

Immigration Caps Put Women & Children in Danger

The US has begun the process of deporting foreign nationals from Central American countries. In many cases, these individuals are women and children who fled wars, poverty, and crime in their homelands. Now, the US government...more

USCIS Issues Major Proposed Rule on Employment-Based Immigration

The Proposed Rule would implement provisions of the AC21 and introduce significant reforms to the employment-based immigration process. On New Year’s Eve 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a...more

Latest USCIS Procedural Changes Add Delays and Uncertainty to Green Card Application Filing

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again revised its procedures for determining whether foreign national applicants waiting to file their employment-based or family-sponsored preference...more

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