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WR Immigration Podcast: Chatting with Charlie: Unpacking the Latest Visa Bulletins

In this month’s Chatting with Charlie Director of Visa Consulting Charlie Oppenheim, Partner Charina Garcia and Senior Associate Laura Bloniarz update HR professionals with the latest employment-based green card processing information from the latest Visa Bulletins. Learning Topics Include:– April Visa Bulletin Summary– Understanding 2022 State Department Annual Report Table V– Predictions and Trends in […]

EB5 Investors: USCIS Launches New $20K Fee for EB-5 Regional Centers, Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf Responds

The Department of Homeland Security has posted a Federal Register notice alerting EB-5 stakeholders that the USCIS will begin collecting funds for the EB-5 Integrity Fund to administer the EB-5 Regional Center Program, as required by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022. In their blog piece analyzing this update, EB5 Investors Magazine staff reached […]

EB5 Investors Podcast: How Investors Can Navigate EB-5 in 2022, with Managing Partner Bernard Wolfsdorf

Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf was recently featured on the very first episode of the EB5 Investor’s podcast. In this insightful conversation with Ali Jahangiri, Bernie explains new program requirements since June 2nd, 2022, and gives his insight on the Behring case. Watch the podcast here.

WR Immigration Podcast: Chatting with Charlie: February EB-5 Investor Visa Outlook

WR Immigration Director of Visa Consulting Charlie Oppenheim and Partner Joey Barnett update on the outlook for investor visas. Learning Topics Include:– Review of 2022 Visa Report– March 2023 Visa Bulletin– Concurrent Filing Strategies

5 Takeaways from the 2022 State Department Annual Report

By Joey Barnett, Partner, WR Immigration This week, the Department of State (DOS) released its 2022 Report of the Visa Office.  Charlie Oppenheim, former DOS Chief of Immigrant Visa Control Charlie Oppenheim and current Director of Visa Consulting at WR Immigration, will discuss his analysis of the report during two Chatting with Charlie webinars, which […]

State Department Releases January Visa Bulletin – Charlie Oppenheim Comments

The State Department has released the January Visa Bulletin. Below are highlights along with commentary from WR Immigration’s Director of Visa Consulting Charlie Oppenheim on the Visa Bulletin updates, many of which he predicted in his December 15, 2022, “Chatting with Charlie” webinar. Related: Chatting with Charlie webinar series continues in January! See upcoming dates>> EB-1: […]

E Visa Update – December 2022 – New Domicile Requirements

For an in-depth look at this topic and other E-2 Visa strategies, register for WR Immigration’s Jan. 19, 2023, webinar. By Joey Barnett, Partner, WR Immigration On December 15, 2022, Congress substantially changed E Visa eligibility, in particular for those who have used Citizenship by Investment program of countries to acquire citizenship in a treaty […]

EB-5 Project Due Diligence, After the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022

EB-5 is a job creation program, with an immigration benefit.  The full immigration benefit does not come unless the job creation occurs first.  From both an immigration and financial/investment perspective, it is critical that immigrant investors perform due diligence on EB-5 projects in the market.  With the passage of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act […]

Bloomberg Article: Revival of the EB-5 Visa Program

The EB-5 visa program coveted by many wealthy overseas investors is being revived after changes aimed at curbing abuses. The EB-5 visa program has attracted $37 billion in foreign investments since 2008 and the queue of wealthy applicants from China to India is growing. Earlier this year, the Biden administration signed a law that steps […]

Demystifying the Complicated October 2022 Visa Bulletin – What Does it Mean for EB-5 Investors?

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) recently released the October 2022 Visa Bulletin, and it showed two new developments for EB-5 investors: (1) priority date retrogression of the 5th Unreserved Final Action Date (“FAD”) for China-mainland born from December 22, 2015 to March 22, 2015, and (2) creation of a 5th Unreserved FAD for India […]

EB-5 Immigrant Investors and Concurrent Adjustment of Status

WR Immigration © 2022 The 2022 EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act (RIA) has modified the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow eligible EB-5 investors and their derivative family members to file a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status at the same time the EB-5 investor files a Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition […]

USCIS Confirms Validity of Previously Designated EB-5 Regional Centers

More Clarification Needed from USCIS to Overcome Uncertainties Related to Impact of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act BREAKING: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed that there was no lapse in EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center authority from July 1, 2021, to March 15, 2022, and that pre-existing regional centers remain […]