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.
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: 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: 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
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
The USCIS is continuing its efforts to engage with stakeholders on Kazarian v. USCIS, 596 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2010) and the agency’s much-criticized implementation of this decision, the Policy Memorandum “Evaluation of Evidence Submitted with Certain Form I-140 Petitions; Revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 22.2, AFM Update AD11-14” . . . → Read More: LET’S HOPE THE THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: THE USCIS TACKLES KAZARIAN, AGAIN…
By Sarah Baker, Esq.
At a time when the United States needs to attract the best and the brightest to encourage innovation and investment to stimulate job growth and keep competitive in a global economy, exactly the opposite is occurring. March 4, 2010 marked the beginning of a new era in USCIS policy and adjudications of EB-11 . . . → Read More: Kazarian’s Lament – Just when the IMF predicts China will have the largest economy in just 5 years – the U.S. turns away the “best and brightest” in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business and Sports. Give me a foot so I can shoot myself again.
If Congress is unable to reach accord today, the government will close at midnight, Saturday April 9. If the government shuts for budgetary reasons, all but “essential” government are furloughed and not permitted to work.
USCIS: USCIS has confirmed that it will be operating, except for E-Verify.
DOS: DOS will likely function in the same . . . → Read More: Government Shutdown: What Does It Mean For Immigration Agencies?