USCIS Announces Major Changes for New EB-5 Immigrant Visa Applicants Set for November 21, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a final rule on July 24 that makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, marking the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The final rule will become effective on Nov. 21, 2019. Major changes to EB-5 in the final …

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The Troubling Trend of Long Delays in EB-5 Immigant Investor Application Process

Nearly all immigration applications before the USCIS are experiencing slow processing times.  EB-5 immigrant investor petitions are no different. In fact, since May of this year, the estimated processing time of EB-5  I-526 petitions has spiked to its highest yet: 45.5 months.   Even though thee Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) announced that the backlog of …

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Do’s and Don’ts for Texting with Lawyers

Today, our phones are constantly attached to us like an extra limb. So of course, many clients find it convenient, efficient, and effective to text their attorneys.  However, clients need to take certain precautions to protect their confidential information when using mobile phones to communicate with their lawyers. Here are some do’s and don’ts when …

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Visa backlog grows in August, causing longer delays for many green card applicants

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for August 2019. Almost all employment based (EB) green card categories are now experiencing backlogs which are expected to continue through September. In October, a new round of immigrant visas become available so the backlogs might become shorter or eliminated at that time.But right now, the …

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New trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

Press Release from the USPTO on July 2, 2019 WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new rule requiring all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States. …

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Visa Bulletin Trends for Employment Based Green Cards

Each month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) checks in with Charlies Oppenheim, who is the Department of State (DOS) official responsible for managing the visa bulletin.   Here are AILA DOS Liaison Committee notes of its most recent monthly "check-in" with Charlie. AILA Doc. No. 14071401 | Dated June 21, 2019 General Trends and Observations: …

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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for July 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 22, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015 and China with a cutoff date of May 8, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) …

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New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Visas

USCIS news release: Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant …

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USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

USCIS will begin premium processing for all remaining FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions on 6/10/19. Petitioners may file a Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center processing their petition on that date. More information can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/premium-processing-begins-remaining-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions-june-10.