Congratulations to Managing Partner Bernard Wolfsdorf for his recognition as Who’s Who Legal’s Immigration Lawyer of the Year for 2017. Mr. Wolfsdorf is a past President of the 14,500 member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). His successful record of navigating complex immigration issues has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including his recent selection as Who’s Who Legal’s Immigration Lawyer of the Year for the seventh consecutive year. The publication calls Mr. Wolfsdorf a “leading expert in EB-5” who has “strengths in many practice areas.” Visit the listing at Immigration Lawyer of the Year and Who’s Who Legal.
Bernard Wolfsdorf is speaking at AILA Annual Conference on June 22 in New Orleans
Bernard Wolfsdorf is speaking at the AILA Annual Conference on “Direct” EB-5 Investments on June 22 at 4:15 pm in New Orleans (Marriott: Mardi Gras, Level 3). He will also host a New Members Division lunch presentation: “Advising EB-5 and E-2 Investors” on June 23 at 12:30pm at Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Contact Bernie at Bernard@wolfsdorf.com for more information and to register.
AILA Annual Conference June 21-24
Numerous WR partners are also participating at the AILA Annual Conference taking place June 21-24. Richard Yemm will present on “The Basics of Consular Practice: Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa”; Avi Friedman will serve as a discussion leader for the panel “What to Do When the Post or the Border Says No”; and Naveen Rahman Bhora will speak on the International Medical Graduate Panel
In the Press
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal was quoted in a CNN Money article entitled “Why wealthy Chinese are lining up to pay $500k for U.S. visas.” Read the article here . In addition, Joseph “Joey” Barnett was quoted in a Law 360 article here.
Bernard Wolfsdorf and Avi Friedman featured in Lawdragon’s Guide to The Most Powerful Employment Lawyers
Congratulations to Bernard Wolfsdorf, who was named a “Top 20 Lawyer in Immigration Law” in Lawdragon’s Guide to The Most Powerful Employment Lawyers. The Guide is published by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive Magazine with selections based on Lawdragon’s editorial research as well as by submissions from firms and other visitors to Lawdragon.com.
Avi Friedman was also listed in the 2017 Guide.
2018 Diversity Lottery Applicants can now check their status
The U.S. Department of State Electronic Status Check for the Diversity Visa Program is now available for DV-2018 applicants until September 30, 2018. The Entrant Status Check for DV-2017 applicants will remain open until September 30, 2017. DV Entrants can check their status here. Please be sure to have the Entrant’s Confirmation Number, Last/Family Name, and Year of Birth ready.
Spending Bill Extends EB-5 Investor Visa Program to September 30
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, passed by Congress and signed May 7, extends the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program through September 30, 2017.
USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions
USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions . USCIS said it has begun returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS was unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions. USCIS asked petitioners not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned. USCIS also reminded petitioners that it has temporarily suspended premium processing for ALL H-1B petitions for up to six months.
State Dept. Announces Continued High Demand for Visa Numbers in Several Employment-Based Categories
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for June notes:
1) The high level of demand for the China and India employment-based first preference (EB-1) categories has required the establishment of a cut-off date for June. The EB-1 date for these two countries will once again become Current for October, the first month of fiscal year 2018. 2) A extremely large increase in China employment third preference applicant demand during the past month, due to the “downgrading” of status by applicants who had originally filed in the employment second preference. Continued heavy demand for numbers will require a retrogression of this date no later than August.