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Reservations on Reserved Visas: Part 2 – A Simple Congressional Solution Exists

We previously blogged about the unfair impact that the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 has on the thousands of Chinese and Vietnamese EB-5 investors who are stuck in the visa queue, waiting for their I-526 priority date to become current in the Visa Bulletin. In short: The new legislation reserves 32% of all […]

Webinar: EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act Updates

WR Immigration Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf and Partner Joey Barnett lead a webinar focusing on providing practical information to EB-5 investors, attorneys and EB-5 regional centers and including an update on: New RC filing procedure Set aside visa projections 2022/2023 Adjustment filing procedures China Direct Retrogression for June 2022?  1,975 total views,  97 views today

EB-5 Visa Availability for the May 2022 Visa Bulletin and Reservations on Reserved Visas-Skipping the Waiting Line is Un-American

By Joseph Barnett and Bernard Wolfsdorf The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 brings the immigrant investor program back to life.  The May 2022 Visa Bulletin has just been published and it lists new fifth-preference visa categories as follows: A. DIRECT EB-5 CURRENT FOR ALL COUNTRIES, INCLUDING CHINA All countries are current under the […]

Webinar: New EB-5 Regional Center Program with Special Guest Charlie Oppenheim

WR Immigration Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf and Partner Joey Barnett are joined by special guest Charlie Oppenheim, Former Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division at U.S. Department of State, to provide analysis and observations on the EB–5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022.  5,839 total views,  91 views today

Webinar: The New EB-5 Regional Program – A Comprehensive Update

In this pre-recorded webinar, WR Immigration’s Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf explains the new EB-5 Regional Program alongside Partner Vivian Zhu who provides a Chinese translation.  4,957 total views,  23 views today

EB-5 Regional Center Program Reauthorized Through September 30, 2027

With President Biden’s signature, the EB-5 Regional Center Program – which has been lapsed since July 1, 2021 – has been reauthorized through September 30, 2027, under the “EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022.”   WR Immigration is pleased to see that Congress has kept its side of the bargain for existing investors who […]

EB-5 Regional Center Program Update – Another Short-Term Extension Without Regional Center Reauthorization Possible

The EB-5 Regional Center program lapse continues since July 1, 2021, without congressional reauthorization.  The U.S. Congress has passed another short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 11, 2022. This gives the Congressional leadership in the House and Senate more time to figure out the long-term Omnibus Bill  that we are hoping […]

Biden Administration Implements New Actions to Increase Opportunities for STEM Students, Professionals, Others

WR Immigration Attorneys Charina Garcia, Melissa Harms, and Nate Grow addressed these changes in detail in a webinar, which is available on demand now! The Biden administration announced new actions to increase opportunities in the United States for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals, among others. A White House statement said the […]

EB-5 Investor Program — January 2022 Update

Yesterday, the U.S. government filed an “Unopposed Motion for Voluntary Dismissal” in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on their appeal of a June 2021 decision of a lower district court that invalidated the implementation of the November 2019 EB-5 Modernization Rule. That rule had raised the minimum investment amount from $1 […]

E-2 Treaty Investor Update: Asia Leads in Latest Statistics

Although more than 80 countries have E treaties, recently released statistics show that a relative few use most of the visas. Worldwide, in fiscal year (FY) 2020, the nonimmigrant visa workload for E-2s was 26,759, with 23,493 issued and 3,266 refused. Japan was the country with the most E-2 visa approvals in FY 2020 by […]

Can a Conditional Green Card Holder Marry a U.S. Citizen and Get a New Green Card in the U.S. Via Adjustment of Status When Investment Fails to Create Sufficient Jobs?

Short answer, yes. We just attended the adjustment interview while working with well-known EB-5 lawyer Tammy Fox-Isicoff to obtain an approval. In this case, the foreign national obtained conditional permanent residency through an EB-5 application that ultimately failed. Fortunately, she met a life partner, entered into a good faith marriage with her U.S. citizen husband, […]

Another Failure by the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Office

Obtaining a temporary green card stamp (also known as an ADIT-stamp or a Form I-551) is a legal right for immigrant investors with a denied Form I-829 until an immigration judge enters a final order of removal, and any administrative appeals have been completed.  Yet, for no apparent reason, USCIS’ EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Office […]