ABIL Newsletter – January 5, 2017

President-elect Trump made immigration a significant issue in his campaign, promising to enact a host of immigration policies focusing on curbing illegal immigration and increased screening procedures. Although the details of any new immigration policies have not been set, it is likely that there will be an increase in enforcement and more restrictive adjudications across the board.

To stay informed on the changing political scene, read our newest article on Trump and participate in our four part webinar series.

When the Government Comes Knocking: Immigration Audits, LCA and Site Visits
Cliff Rosenthal will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 11, 2017 at 11am PST (January 12, 2017 3am Beijing Time).

Staying Out of Trouble: Immigration Options & Planning
Richard Yemm will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 18, 2017 at 11am PST (January 19, 2017 3am Beijing Time).

I-9 Enforcement & Immigration Eligibility Compliance
Bernard Wolfsdorf will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 19, 2017 at 11am PST (January 20, 2017 3am Beijing Time).

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Avi Friedman will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 25, 2017 at 11am PST (January 26, 2017 3am Beijing Time).

2017 Las Vegas EB-5 Convention
Bernard Wolfsdorf moderated “EB-5 Webinar: 12/23/16 Fee Increase & Preparing for 2017″ and will present on “EB-5 Visa Availability: Strategies and Solutions to the Chinese Waiting Line” at the 2017 Las Vegas EB-5 Convention presented by EB5 Investors on January 13-14, 2017.

2016 Super Lawyers
Bernard Wolfsdorf and Allison-Claire Acker were named 2016 Super Lawyers in the immigration law practice. Super Lawyers uses independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations to honor the top 5% of private practice attorneys in the United States.

Chinese Speaking Engagements
Joseph “Joey” Barnett and Robert Blanco spoke in cities of Shanghai, Chongqing, Suzhou, and Guangzhou, China at EB-5 seminars.  They addressed proposed reforms to the EB-5 visa program before its expiration on April 28, 2017, as well as the impact of the United States presidential election.

EB-5 Regional Centers Were Required To File Form I-924A By December 29
In late 2016, USCIS reminded all EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before September 30, 2016, that they needed to file Form I-924A, Supplement to Form I-924, for fiscal year 2016 by December 29, 2016.
Read the USCIS announcement

Congress Extends Four Immigration Programs Through April 28
President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2028 (Pub. L. 114-254), a short-term bill passed by Congress, into law on December 9, 2016. The law includes a continuing resolution to fund the government through April 28, 2017. It extends without any changes the EB-5 Regional Center Program, E-Verify, the Conrad State 30 J-1 Waiver Program, and the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program. The H-2B returning worker exemption was not reinstated

Graham, Durbin Introduce Bipartisan ‘Bridge Act’ for DACA Beneficiaries
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced on December 9, 2016, that they have introduced S. 3542, a bipartisan bill “to protect undocumented individuals should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued.”
View the bill
Sen. Durbin’s announcement
See more information on DACA

Most Previous Forms Accepted Until February 21, But Must Include New Fees
When new fees for most U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms went into effect on December 23, 2016, the agency published updated versions of the forms. USCIS strongly encourages applicants to submit the new versions, which have an edition date of 12/23/16. However, USCIS said it will accept most prior versions of forms until February 21, 2017, but all filings postmarked December 23 or later must include the new fees or they will be rejected. USCIS said it will accept only the new 12/23/16 edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
View the announcement

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