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 Rahul Soni
The U.S. diversity (DV) green card lottery opens on October 2, 2012 and applications can be submitted until November 3, 2012. This year the U.S. government will register over 100,000 immigrant-hopefuls and issue 55,000 green cards to lucky winners. Unfortunately, as with many government programs, the DV program has a deceptive appearance of simplicity, . . . → Read More: The “Cinderella” DV-2014 Lottery: “Winners” to Get another Dance at the Ball
By: L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens and Yuli Kotler
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as young children and meet the following key criteria will be eligible to apply for deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, provided that they . . . → Read More: Understanding Obama’s New Policy For Undocumented Youth
by Jessica L. Marks, Esq.
With the arrival of April flowers and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, the nation’s collective mind is very much on the season of Spring. But the 1st of April has always brought to mind another season for immigration attorneys and our clients: H-1B filing season.
Speculation about how long the cap-subject numbers will . . . → Read More: Cap-Subject H-1Bs for Fiscal Year 2013: A Very Short Season?
by: Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esquire
During a recent EB-5 stakeholder teleconference USCIS Director Mayorkas cautioned “Be careful what you wish for.” Regional centers and regional center applicants have long questioned the USCIS’ ability to evaluate and interpret the complex economic and business plans forming the basis of regional center operations, especially regarding indirect and induced job creation. . . . → Read More: Transitions and Changes for the EB-5 Program? Predictions for the Year of the Dragon
By: Sarah J. Baker, Esq.
President Obama, the Republican Party, and various talking heads on both sides of the aisle claim to have the solutions to the crises facing the U.S. with unemployment standing at 9.1%, ongoing economic stagnation, and a flagging stock market. However, with fall upon us and daylight hours waning, it seems they are . . . → Read More: Stumbling in the Dark on Job Creation, the Economy, and Immigration Policy
By Bernard Wolfsdorf and Rahul Soni
The U.S. green card lottery opens on October 4, 2011 and applications can be submitted until November 5, 2011. This year the U.S. government will register over 100,000 potential immigrants and issue 50,000 green cards to lucky “winners”. Unfortunately, as with many government programs, the diversity immigrant visa program is deceptively . . . → Read More: Diversity Green Card Lottery Opens October 4 – “The Cinderella Visa”
1. AUSTRALIA – As part of “Subclass 457″ visa reforms, the Australian government has announced a sponsor accreditation scheme, available beginning on November 1, 2011, for certain standard business sponsors. ? Read more..
2. BRAZIL – Judging by the growing number of foreign professional visa holders working in Brazil, it appears that the country is gaining more visibility . . . → Read More: Global News, September 2011
1. BELGIUM – There has been a change in the business visitors’ regime; the Belgian Chamber of Representatives passed a proposal to tighten the rules on family reunification that has not yet been passed by the Belgian Senate; and there is a new Code on Labour and Social Security Criminal Law. ? Read more..
2. CANADA – . . . → Read More: Global News, July 2011
1. AUSTRALIA – The Australian government has announced four immigration-related initiatives. ? Read more..
2. BRAZIL – Normative Resolution #94, regarding professional exchange programs, was published in April. ? Read more..
3. CANADA – Foreign nationals are usually inadmissible to Canada for having criminal records; many do not know that they can also be inadmissible to Canada on . . . → Read More: Global News, May 2011