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E-2 Investment Visa Changes – What Does It Mean?

By | May 4th, 2018|Categories: Avi Friedman, Blog, Immigrant Visa, Joseph Barnett|

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) continues to update the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) in numerous areas, including recent changes in guidance regarding eligibility for E-2 treaty investor visas. Here are five changes to know.

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EB-5 Project Restructuring and Priority Date Retention

By | April 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5, Immigrant Visa, Joseph Barnett|

EB-5 success stories often occur but are rarely publicized. On the other hand, news about “failing” EB-5 projects, or the involvement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), or lawsuits brought by EB-5 investors against project developers or Regional Centers attract readership and are aplenty.

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Vietnam EB-5 Retrogression Now a Reality: 5 Things to Know

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Joseph Barnett, Robert Blanco|

Vietnam retrogression has now occurred and only Vietnamese EB-5 applicants who filed before July 22, 2014 will be eligible to receive an EB-5 immigrant visa.  However, starting October 1, 2018, we expect the Vietnam Final Action Date to be sometime in 2015 or 2016.

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H-1B Non-Immigrant Work Visa Update: USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: H-1B Visas, Non-Immigrant Visa|

USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received [...]

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Regulations v. Legislation – On the Brink of EB-5 Reform

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Joseph Barnett|

Recent tweets from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) indicate that administrative changes to the EB-5 Program are a priority in Fiscal Year 2018.  It now appears almost certain the proposed regulations from over one year ago will be finalized very soon.

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An Era of Exclusion: Ongoing US Immigration Policy Changes Under the Trump Administration

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, Joseph Barnett, Matthew Beatus, Robert Blanco|

An insight into recent developments in US immigration policy under the Trump administration

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Five Things You Need to Know About EB-5 Visa Backlog – (Vietnamese and English)

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Joseph Barnett|

5 things you need to know about the EB-5 visa backlogs

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Impact of Marriage (and Divorce) during the EB-5 Process

By | March 26th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Eva Yang, Robert Blanco|Tags: , , , |

These events such as marriage or divorce can significantly impact your case. Since the EB-5 process is often a long journey, these questions seem to be coming up more often.

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USCIS Updates Processing Times and Creates New Case Inquiry Date

By | March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, H-1B Visas, Immigrant Visa, Permanent Residence (Green Card)|

USCIS has updated its official Case Processing Time webpage, in an attempt to provide more [...]

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EB-5 Regional Center Program Expected to be Extended to September 30, 2018

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5|

An extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program to September 30, 2018 is expected to be signed into law by President Trump this week.

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EB-5 Program to Be Extended to September 30, 2018 – Regulations to Increase Investment Amount Likely Meanwhile USCIS Approves Minors as Principal EB-5 Investors

By | March 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5|

The national EB-5 Regional Center trade organization, announced today that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa and Regional Center Program Comprehensive Reform Act (the “EB-5 Reform Act”) will not be included in the omnibus appropriations legislation this week. 

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10 Things to Know About the New EB-5 Reform Act

By | March 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5|

On March 8, 2018, a draft of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa and Regional Center Program Comprehensive Reform Act (the “EB-5 Reform Act”) was released. Here are ten things to know about this EB-5 Reform Act.

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E-2 Investment Visa Changes – What Does It Mean?

By | May 4th, 2018|Categories: Avi Friedman, Blog, Immigrant Visa, Joseph Barnett|

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) continues to update the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) in numerous areas, including recent changes in guidance regarding eligibility for E-2 treaty investor visas. Here are five changes to know.

Comments Off on E-2 Investment Visa Changes – What Does It Mean?

EB-5 Project Restructuring and Priority Date Retention

By | April 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5, Immigrant Visa, Joseph Barnett|

EB-5 success stories often occur but are rarely publicized. On the other hand, news about “failing” EB-5 projects, or the involvement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), or lawsuits brought by EB-5 investors against project developers or Regional Centers attract readership and are aplenty.

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Vietnam EB-5 Retrogression Now a Reality: 5 Things to Know

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Joseph Barnett, Robert Blanco|

Vietnam retrogression has now occurred and only Vietnamese EB-5 applicants who filed before July 22, 2014 will be eligible to receive an EB-5 immigrant visa.  However, starting October 1, 2018, we expect the Vietnam Final Action Date to be sometime in 2015 or 2016.

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H-1B Non-Immigrant Work Visa Update: USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: H-1B Visas, Non-Immigrant Visa|

USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received [...]

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Regulations v. Legislation – On the Brink of EB-5 Reform

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Joseph Barnett|

Recent tweets from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) indicate that administrative changes to the EB-5 Program are a priority in Fiscal Year 2018.  It now appears almost certain the proposed regulations from over one year ago will be finalized very soon.

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An Era of Exclusion: Ongoing US Immigration Policy Changes Under the Trump Administration

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, Joseph Barnett, Matthew Beatus, Robert Blanco|

An insight into recent developments in US immigration policy under the Trump administration

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Five Things You Need to Know About EB-5 Visa Backlog – (Vietnamese and English)

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Joseph Barnett|

5 things you need to know about the EB-5 visa backlogs

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Impact of Marriage (and Divorce) during the EB-5 Process

By | March 26th, 2018|Categories: Bernard Wolfsdorf, Blog, EB-5, Eva Yang, Robert Blanco|Tags: , , , |

These events such as marriage or divorce can significantly impact your case. Since the EB-5 process is often a long journey, these questions seem to be coming up more often.

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USCIS Updates Processing Times and Creates New Case Inquiry Date

By | March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, H-1B Visas, Immigrant Visa, Permanent Residence (Green Card)|

USCIS has updated its official Case Processing Time webpage, in an attempt to provide more [...]

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EB-5 Regional Center Program Expected to be Extended to September 30, 2018

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5|

An extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program to September 30, 2018 is expected to be signed into law by President Trump this week.

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EB-5 Program to Be Extended to September 30, 2018 – Regulations to Increase Investment Amount Likely Meanwhile USCIS Approves Minors as Principal EB-5 Investors

By | March 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5|

The national EB-5 Regional Center trade organization, announced today that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa and Regional Center Program Comprehensive Reform Act (the “EB-5 Reform Act”) will not be included in the omnibus appropriations legislation this week. 

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10 Things to Know About the New EB-5 Reform Act

By | March 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, EB-5|

On March 8, 2018, a draft of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa and Regional Center Program Comprehensive Reform Act (the “EB-5 Reform Act”) was released. Here are ten things to know about this EB-5 Reform Act.

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