The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for May 2018. The Bulletin includes information on the diversity visa cut-offs, the Special Immigrant translator visa availability, and oversubscription of the Vietnam EB-5 category.
A conditional permanent resident receives a green card valid for 2 years, based on marriage or investment. In order to remain a permanent resident, a conditional permanent resident must file a petition to remove the condition during the 90 days before the card expires. The conditional card cannot be renewed. The conditions must be removed or you will lose your permanent resident status.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the much-debated $1.3 billion spending bill averting another government shutdown. American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Director of Government Relations Greg Chen reacts to the spending bill Congress passed that will fund the government through the end of FY2018 and shares what it means for immigration policy.
At midnight on January 20, 2018, the U.S. government shut down, exactly one year after Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched a dedicated customer support page for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The page contains general information on how to submit a general inquiry regarding an EB-5 application or petition, including how to escalate an inquiry to the Immigrant Investor Program Office.
As part of its commitment to transparency, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will proactively publish EB-5 Regional Center termination notices on their website. This is an important step in assisting investors, the EB-5 industry, and the public to understand the reasons why a regional center has been terminated and what types of regional center activities may trigger the end of a regional center’s designation.
EB-5 is an employment-based immigrant category that enables foreign nationals to qualify for green cards based on investment and employment creation in the United States. To be granted an EB-5 visa, a foreign national may invest $1 million in a U.S. business and employ 10 U.S. workers or invest $500,000 in either an area of high unemployment or through the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. Find out more on this blog post.