Wolfsdorf Newsletter – February 17, 2017

Bernard Wolfsdorf presented at the NES EB-5 Innovation Summit in Los Angeles
On February 2, Bernard Wolfsdorf presented on EB-5 Hot Topics at the NES EB-5 Innovation Summit in Los Angeles. The NES EB-5 Innovation Summit is a leading industry event for both experienced and new EB-5 developers seeking to learn and keep up to date with the EB-5 program.

Allison-Claire Acker attended UCLA Law’s LEAD Summit
Allison-Claire Acker attended UCLA Law’s Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement, and Distinction (LEAD) Summit for Women on February 3. She discussed the topic, “Who Stays and Who Must Go: Protecting the Rights of Immigrations While Fulfilling the Responsibilities of Employers.”

Bernard Wolfsdorf will present in Beijing and Shanghai, China
On February 18-22, Bernard Wolfsdorf will present in Beijing and Shanghai, China as well as Vietnam.  He will address proposed reforms to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program before its upcoming expiration in April.

Robert Blanco will present in the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Qingdao
Robert Blanco will present in the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Qingdao from February 18-19. He will address the latest news and proposed changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

Joseph Barnett be speaking at the EB-5 Summit by ILW.com
Joseph “Joey” Barnett will be speaking at the EB-5 Summit by ILW.com on February 24 on USCIS’ proposed EB-5 rules and implications in 2017. The event will bring together experts and practitioners on all sides of the EB-5 equation, and offer a beneficial learning opportunity for anyone involved in the EB-5 industry. Click here for more information.

Bernard Wolfsdorf will discuss immigration issues affecting students at the University of California’s Residence Deputies Training
On March 3, Bernard Wolfsdorf has been invited to UC Berkeley to discuss immigration issues affecting students at the University of California’s Residence Deputies Training. He will also provide a workshop to students and researchers on “Post OPT Visa Options for Innovators, Investors and Entrepreneurs in the Age of the Elusive H-1B”.

Ninth Circuit Blocks Entry Ban: Recent Developments re Trump Administration’s Executive Order
For now, the TRO remains in effect nationwide at least until there can be a preliminary hearing on the matter. Normally, it would take a few weeks to have a preliminary hearing; however, it is not known for certain whether the TRO will hold for any specified period.

In other worrisome developments, immigration attorneys are receiving anecdotal reports that the Transportation Security Administration is asking clients traveling on domestic flights with foreign passports for copies of green cards or other documentation to prove valid immigration status. One of the reported incidents was in Hawaii where travelers were flying from one island to another.
View the Executive Order.

USCIS Will Accept Only New Forms After February 21, 2017
New fees for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms took effect in December, and updated versions of those forms have been published. These new versions are updated with the new fees and have an edition date of 12/23/16. After February 21, 2017, USCIS will no longer accept previous editions of these forms.
View list of new fees.

ICE Enforcement Actions Reported
According to news reports, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is conducting a series of targeted enforcement actions and has removed hundreds of people. ICE’s focus reportedly includes immigrants with criminal convictions, fugitives, and those who reentered the United States after removal. Others with no criminal histories but who had removal orders were included. ICE said the actions were routine and were planned before an executive order on interior security was issued. President Trump issued that executive order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” on January 25, 2017.
View the executive order on public safety.

State Dept. Reports on Upcoming Employment-Based Visa Availability
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for March 2017 estimates potential movement in several categories in the coming months. The Department noted that the final action date projections indicate what is likely to happen “on a monthly basis through May or June based on current applicant demand patterns,” but that these projections are not guaranteed.
View the Visa Bulletin for March 2017.

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