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FY2019 Diversity Lottery Instructions Are Now Available

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications as of October 1

by LeClairRyan on

As of October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will mandate an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form I-485 adjustment...more

2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

Lawful Permanent Residence: How Not to Lose It

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at ports of entry to the U.S. routinely question returning lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) about the length of time spent outside the U.S.A. and the nature of...more

Deadline Looms for Haitians as DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status

A recent announcement by Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, carries an important message for employers concerned with I-9 Compliance. On May 24, 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, extended Haiti’s...more

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen — a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min...more

Immigration-Related FAQs In Response to President Trump’s Recent Executive Orders, as of February 2, 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Management Alert addresses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employers and foreign nationals regarding President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration....more

Update on U.S. Entry Travel Ban

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On January 31st, DHS Secretary John Kelly held a press conference to clarify that legal permanent residents ("green card holders") from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia would be allowed to board planes and...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Travel Ban, Increased Foreign National Vetting Procedures and Visa Processing...

by FordHarrison on

President Trump’s Executive Order (“Order”) of January 27, 2017, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” could have a significant impact on the American immigration system. Employers...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Mandatory Beginning November 10, 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

by Gerald Nowotny on

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

EB-5 Due Diligence Matters

by Mintz Levin on

Private placement offerings are an increasingly active part of the securities business. One especially complicated and emerging area of private placements is the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program. Under the current...more

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Offers Alternative Immigration Path for Employees Subject to Backlogs

The U.S. Department of State opened the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery registration for FY 2017 at noon eastern standard time (EST) on October 1, 2015. It will close on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at noon (EST). The DV program...more

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

by Mintz Levin on

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Delays Between I-765/I-485 Approvals and EAD Receipts due to Facility Maintenance

by Cozen O'Connor on

Delays have been reported between the approval of a client’s I-765 or I-485 and the client’s receipt of the employment authorization document (EAD) or lawful permanent resident card. USCIS confirmed that the card production...more

Immigrant Fee Payment Process Just Made Easier

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) just made it easier for immigrants to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online through their electronic immigration system. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is required for individuals...more

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

by Mintz Levin on

Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a...more

Proper Document for the Form I-9

I came across this piece of information in the latest edition of E-Verify Connection and want to share it as it’s relevant to when employers complete section 2 of the Form I-9. According to the Department of Homeland...more

[Event] Immigration Basics for Startup Founders - May 7, San Diego, CA

This discussion will focus on simplifying complicated immigration issues, including work visas, investor visas, and permanent residency. This talk is very relevant for our international community of entrepreneurs in San...more

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

by Lane Powell PC on

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

It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

Now Is the Time for Permanent Residents to Seek Visas for Their Children and Spouses

by Ronald Shapiro on

If you are a permanent resident of the U.S. (a “green card” holder) and want to obtain a visa to bring your foreign spouse or children under the age of 21 to live with you, then NOW is the time to do it....more

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

First Petitions for Same-Sex Immigration Benefits Already Being Granted

by Ronald Shapiro on

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano wasted no time in stating that the government will immediately begin the process of reviewing applications for green cards (for permanent resident status) filed by same-sex...more

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Process

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act currently allocates 10,000 “EB-5” immigrant visas per year to qualified individuals seeking Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status - also known as a “green card” - on the basis of...more

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