By Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esq. and Adam Francoeur, Esq.
This year the Department of State has notified approximately 125,000 “lucky” winners that they are eligible to compete for 50,000 Diversity Visa (“DV”) lottery green cards. Sadly, roughly 80,000 “winners” will not receive green cards before this Cinderella-like program expires on September 30, 2014 and your green card . . . → Read More: You Won the DV Lottery, Now What?! Now Turn Your Lottery Number Into A Green Card: A Lawyer’s Guide to Navigating The DV Lottery
By Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esq.
The Good News
On December 20, 2012, USCIS released new guidance on Tenant Occupancy. On May 8, 2012, USCIS released guidance which did little to resolve the issues which had been raised in USCIS prior February 17, 2012 Tenant Occupancy letter. It is now clear, an enterprise that invests EB-5 capital . . . → Read More: The New EB-5 Memo on Tenant Occupancy – A Step in the Right Direction
By: Joseph J. Shepherd, Esq. and Adam Francoeur, Esq.
On Friday, December 7, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would hear two cases concerning the treatment of same-sex marriage: the Hollingsworth v. Perry case from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States v. Windsor case arising from the 2nd . . . → Read More: DOMA Update – SCOTUS Chooses to Make History
By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq.
On February 6, 2012, I published a blog, Transitions and Changes for the EB-5 Program? Predictions for the Year of the Dragon. The blog stated, “Hold on tight, we may be about to embark on a very scary roller-coaster ride.” – Feb. 6, 2012.” Less than two weeks later on February 17, 2012, . . . → Read More: Transitions and Changes for the EB-5 Program? Predictions for the Year of the Dragon Part 2. Yes They Came True! 2013 Will Be the Year of the Snake
By Bernard P. Wolfsdorf and Minjie Xu
Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of Visa Control at the U.S. Department of State, recently announced that if EB-5 visa usage for Chinese nationals continues to grow, the issuance of EB-5 immigrant visas for Chinese investors may slow down sometime in the second half of fiscal year 2013. As . . . → Read More: Consequences of New Wait Lines for Chinese EB-5 Investors-Four More Reasons to Support Immigration Reform
By Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esq. & Adam Francoeur, Esq.
The 2012 election is over and now the battle to set President Obama’s 2013 legislative agenda begins in earnest. High on the President’s list is the crisis of current U.S. immigration policy. Immigration advocates worked with President Obama and a divided House to create immigration solutions during the . . . → Read More: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Drive the Coming Recovery
By Joseph J. Shepherd, Esq. & Adam Francoeur, Esq.
In an historic first, voters in state referendums in Maryland, Maine, and Washington voted in favor of gay marriage while Minnesota fought off an anti-gay state marriage amendment. Simultaneously, the sustained electoral gains of President Obama have been largely attributed to immigrant communities based on exit polls, with . . . → Read More: Immigration Hopes Kindled for Gays and Lesbians
By Richard Yemm, Esq
Here we are the day after Obama’s re-election. With his victory, we retain an administration that appears committed to the prosecutorial discretion framework and continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process.
Had he been elected, Governor Romney’s staff made it clear that he would have only honored grants of Deferred . . . → Read More: Four More Years for Obama . . . but How Many for DACA?
By Richard Yemm, Esq.
As November 6 draws close it appears many potential applicants for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process are first waiting to see the outcome of the election before deciding whether or not to apply. Governor Romney’s staff have made it clear that, if he is elected, he would . . . → Read More: DACA – To File or Not to File, That is the Question
By Blake Miller, Esq. and Sarah Baker, Esq.
In a recently released August memorandum, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rejected recommendations from the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CISOMB), suggesting clarification of the regulatory standard applied to extraordinary ability, exceptional ability, and outstanding researcher/professor immigrant visa petitions. The continued lack of guidance regarding the “Kazarian” or . . . → Read More: Dr. Poghos Kazarian Laments USCIS Rejection of the CIS Ombudsman’s Recommendations – Extraordinary Ability Adjudications to Remain Extraordinarily Confusing and Unpredictable