The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.
In This Issue: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate Begins! USCIS Reports That H-1B Cap Is Reached in First Week; New Form I-9 Becomes Effective on May 7, 2013; CBP Announces Form I-94 Automation; DOS Permits Access to...more
In the wake of the Security and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Anthoo R. Sethi, founder of the Chicago based EB-5 regional center who defrauded 250 foreign investors, many are now questioning the EB-5 program. What...more
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) published on Feb. 14, 2013, a revised draft of a proposed policy memo concerning the Immigrant Investor Program (otherwise known as the EB-5 visa program).
Our Valentine from USCIS this year was the release of a draft EB5 policy memo. EB5 is the “million dollar investment/10 jobs” category. It does not always require $1 million ($500,000 in rural areas or designated high...more
In the first SEC enforcement action of its kind, the SEC announced on February 8, 2013 that it had filed civil charges against, and received an emergency order to freeze assets of, the Intercontinental Regional Center Trust...more
It’s not often that the securities enforcement and immigration law worlds collide, but I suppose it occasionally happens....more
EB-5 cases for South Korean nationals may present very unique issues. Here are some important pointers to consider when handling such cases...more
During today’s EB-5 Stakeholder’s Meeting, USCIS announced the creation of a new EB-5 Program Office in Washington, DC. The Chief of the new EB-5 Program Office will report to the Deputy Director of USCIS. This is a...more
I. EB-5 Regional Center -
Congress created the fifth employment-based prefernce (EB-5) immigrant visa category in 1990 for immigrants seeking to enter to engage in a commercial enterprise that will benefit...more
Kathleen Campbell Walker assesses the state of affairs of immigration law and delivers a prognosis for employers: with increased litigation a looming threat for those with poor corporate immigration compliance practices,...more
In the ten years post the September 11 acts of terror against the United States (U.S.) and the more recent economic downturn in the U.S., the issue of immigration reform has been basically an anathema to the public and our...more
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