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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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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DFW Immigrant Leaders to be Honored at 2019 Immigrant Journey Awards

 In its eight year, the Immigrant Journey Awards will honor DFW's most influential immigrant leaders. After receiving numerous nominations, presenting sponsor and Dallas law firm Scheef & Stone LLP is excited to announce the 2019 finalists. Acknowledging the challenges that new Americans face on their journey to becoming full contributors to the U.S., the Immigrant Journey Awards …

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April 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

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

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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for March 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now January 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 22, 2017, so there has been progress, albeit slow, in this cattegory. EB-2 and …

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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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