How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enterprise and directly manage …

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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead for Employers and Professionals Webinar on January 30

Are you aware of the Trump administration's latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers?  Join me for a webinar, "Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead," for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and …

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USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will continue to accept new applications except for the EB-5 regional center program, E-Verify, and non-minister religious …

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USCIS Offices Will Close Tomorrow December 5 for Day of Mourning

USCIS Press Release: President Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to remember the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Accordingly, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed Wednesday. USCIS will reschedule all naturalization ceremonies, interviews, and appointments set …

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Immigration Risk Management Webinar for Employers on December 4

Being an employer entails many responsibilities to the government – meeting employment eligibility and non-discrimination regulations are among those responsibilities. Could you benefit from a quick refresher on immigration risk management? Join me for a free immigration risk management webinar where I will review best practices for employers seeking to insure compliance with state and …

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Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit

Since 2009, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has been dropping in  at worksites where H-1B employees are employed. These surprise workplace visits are part of the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) and conducted by the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) directorate of the USCIS. Most of these site visits are …

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Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by  USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”)  in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS announced a new policy about the validity period for a medical examination report (Form I-693).   …

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November 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is still April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of June 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those …

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Cap-Gap and Unlawful Presence Warning for F-1 OPT Students with Pending H-1B Petitions

September 30 marked the end of work authorization for F-1 students who were working based upon their pending  "cap-gap" H-1B petitions.  Until the H-1B petition is decided, these students can remain in the U.S. but must stop working as of October 1.  If the student continues working, he or she will no longer have legal …

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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2018. There has been significant improvement for many categories as compared to this month's visa bulletin. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who still have a cutoff date of January …

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