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US Department of State Releases January 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

The cutoff dates for China and other workers show the biggest movement. The US Department of State has released its January 2018 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Congress Approves Short - Term EB - 5 Extension

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

With just one day left to avoid a government shutdown over Fiscal Year 2018 spending, the House and Senate today approved a continuing resolution (CR) that extends current spending levels through December 22. The president is...more

How House Joint Resolution 123 Impacts EB-5

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 123, the “Continuing Appropriations Act”, which prevented a U.S. federal government shutdown. The Act provided a short-term extension which will keep...more

EB-5 Regional Center Alert: USCIS Annual Certification Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching

The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Immigration Practice Group reminds all EB-5 Regional Centers that the annual regional center certification submission deadline for 2017 is December 29. United States Citizenship & Immigration...more

Why An E-2 Visa May Be Better Than An EB-5 Green Card

by Ronald Shapiro on

There are several reasons why investor immigrants may be better off applying for E-2 visas instead of EB-5 green cards. Some of the specific advantages that E-2 visas have when compared to EB-5 green cards include: Faster...more

US Department of State Releases December 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has released its December 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Down to the Wire

There have been significant movements in Congress to try to come up with a final compromise bill to resolve the impasse that has been in existence for the past two and one-half years (2½) years. It is difficult to predict...more

Proposed Framework for EB-5 Reform – Headed for Omnibus in December?

With all eyes in Washington focused on tax reform, let’s not forget that there is a hard deadline approaching to address funding of federal activities with the current continuing resolution (CR) set to expire soon. The CR has...more

Slippery Slope Fraud Scheme Crumbles Under Mountain of Evidence

by Akerman LLP on

U.S. immigration policy continues to be a subject of national debate, but almost everyone agrees that the EB-5 visa program has been a win-win for immigrants and the U.S. economy. Under the EB-5 program, foreign nationals can...more

US Department of State Releases November 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current, minimal advancement in other categories. The US Department of State has released its November 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

SEC Continues Its Focus On EB-5 Immigrant Visa Fraud

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this year we wrote about the Justice Department’s continuing efforts to combat fraud in the EB-5 immigrant visa program, with the filing of several federal lawsuits seeking the forfeiture of nine real properties...more

Department of State Releases October 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 China and India once again become “current” as does EB-2 Worldwide. The US Department of State has released its October 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

The RAISE Act – Legal Immigration Faces Challenges

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In early August, President Trump voiced support for a bill introduced earlier this year by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) to effectively overhaul the current immigration system. The Reforming American...more

Department of State Releases September 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-2 Worldwide moves forward; EB-3 Worldwide remains “current.” The US Department of State has released its September 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

Reinvestment of EB-5 Funds in a New Project Can Maintain the "At-Risk" Requirement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the more popular topics among EB-5 project owners and practitioners in recent years is the requirement that investors' funds remain "at risk" as a bona fide "investment." Complications arise regarding maintenance of...more

Department of State Releases August 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-2 Worldwide to retrogress; EB-3 Worldwide is “current.” The US Department of State has released its August 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB2/3 India Advances Minimally; EB2 China Will Advance, But EB3 China Will Retrogress; EB3...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

Dear Congress: Your District Needs a New E-4 Visa for Promising Entrepreneurs

Procedural History - In August 2016, the Department of Homeland Security proposed an “International Entrepreneur” parole rule that would allow qualifying foreign entrepreneurs to develop and grow their start-up companies...more

EB-5 Visa Program: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Concerns over the EB-5 “Gold” visa have been revived since Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner’s sister pitched the prospect of EB-5 immigration visas to Chinese investors. While the program may appear an easy path to...more

Federal Crackdown On EB-5 Visa Fraud Continues With Filing Of Multiple Asset Forfeiture Lawsuits In California

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In its continuing effort to fight fraud in the controversial EB-5 immigrant visa program, the Justice Department announced last week that it had filed federal lawsuits seeking the forfeiture of nine real properties across...more

Congressional Spending Bill Reauthorizes Important Immigration Programs

by Littler on

On May 4, 2017, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2017. The bill also extended four immigration programs through September 30, 2017. These programs are E-VERIFY, the...more

Department of State Releases June 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Significant retrogression for EB-1 India and China. The US Department of State has released its June 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow...more

Spending Bill Would Fund Government E-Verify, Certain Visa Programs through End of Fiscal Year

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Back in December, President Barack Obama signed a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government running through April 28, 2017.  Immigration programs that were extended at that time included the Conrad 30 Waiver, the...more

Government Funding Bill Released; EB-5 Program Intact Through September

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As reported by Ballard Spahr in previous Alerts, many members of Congress have proposed and considered several reform measures to the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, known as "EB-5," over the past several years....more

Department of State Releases May 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Expect some retrogression in EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates in the coming months. The US Department of State has released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

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