By Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esq. & Minjie Xu, Esq.
Processing an EB-5 green card petition can take a very long time. The California Service Center currently reports that they are adjudicating cases filed in March 2012. Anecdotal reports suggest that these lengthy processing times also apply to I-924s (Application for a Regional Center) and I-829s (Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove . . . → Read More: Leahy’s EB-5 Amendment to Immigration Reform Bill + Efforts of new EB-5 office = New streamlined EB-5 processing?
By: Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esq.
On May 6, 2013 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opened its new Washington, D.C. EB-5 Program Office, staffed by new GS-14 high-level economists. These economists will adjudicate all EB-5 filings, starting with new I-924 applications to register Regional Centers. The current Director of the Vermont Service Center, Mr. Daniel Renaud, has . . . → Read More: EB-5 Program Updates: USCIS Opens New EB-5 Program Office in Washington; New EB-5 Guidance Memo Expected
By K. Lara Baharlo, Esq.
In 1990 Congress created the employment-based fifth preference visa category (EB-5) category for foreigners seeking to invest in a business that will benefit the US economy and create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualified US workers. The amount required to invest is $1 million or $500,000 if the . . . → Read More: Much More than a Green Card for Sale, the EB-5 Program is Good for America!
By Richard Yemm, Esq.
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about filling out an I-9, the eagerly anticipated (at least in our office) two-page Form I-9 was finally released on Friday (March 8, 2013) amid much fanfare and excitement (in our office).. Although the old (02/02/09 and 08/07/09) versions of the form can . . . → Read More: Are Your I-9s in Order? Five Improvements to the New Form I-9 to Help Employers!
By Richard Yemm, Esq.
Beginning today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a new process allowing certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers based on extreme hardship before they leave the United States to attend their visa interviews abroad.
Please note, as . . . → Read More: Boiling the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Down to Basics
By Jessica L. Marks, Esq.
After many anxious months, Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced yesterday that a final rule had been posted in the Federal Register to implement the provisional unlawful presence waiver for spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens who are present in the United States. Effective March 4, this process . . . → Read More: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers — After Years of No Reform and Too Many Deportations, DHS Starts the New Year Off Right
By Joseph J. Shepherd, Esq.
H-1B employers received 15,648 unannounced workplace site-visits from the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (“FDNS”) in Fiscal Year 2011. Here are ten tips for human resources (“HR”) personnel to help prepare for, manage, and follow up after a FDNS workplace site-visit. With a $500 Fraud Investigation fee . . . → Read More: How to Prepare For a USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Workplace Site-Visit: Ten Tips for H-1B and L-1 Employers
By: Richard Yemm, Esq.
On Friday, the USCIS gave additional details of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) process. While the new guidance certainly clarified some areas, it also raised some additional problems and pitfalls that could affect potential DREAMer applicants if they are not first properly informed. Given the perceived simplicity of the eligibility criteria, . . . → Read More: Five reasons why you should consider attorney assistance before submitting your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) application
By: Richard Yemm, Esq.
Yesterday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified for a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled “Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.” In her testimony she clarified the eligibility criteria for deferred action for individuals intending to apply under the new policy that was announced on June 15, which . . . → Read More: DREAMers, mark your calendars! 08/01 and 08/15/2012
By: Joseph J. Shepherd, Esq. and Blake Miller, Esq.
The London Summer Olympic Games are fast approaching, and the most extraordinary international athletes are gearing up to travel and compete for the most sought after award in international athletics, an Olympic Medal. Olympians compete and train all year at international competitions to remain at the top of . . . → Read More: Olympic Glory – Going For The Gold And The Green (Card): A Guide to U.S. Immigration For International Athletes