PSB reports on EB5 Visa Program

The EB5 visa program is up for renewal on Friday December 11th.  While it is a controversial area of immigration law, it unequivocally has brought economic development and job creation to the US, particularly after the recent recession.  The pilot program for regional centers was going to expire on September 3oth.  While there was a[…]

September 2015 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2015 Visa Bulletin was released today.  To our regular readers, we will start to cover the China EB5 category from hereon given the retrogression issues involved and it’s effect on our readers and clients. September 2015 Visa Bulletin For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category advances 77 days to priority date[…]

EB5 Processing Time Update from USCIS

USCIS Processing Time Information for the Immigrant Investor Program Office Posted: July 27, 2015 Instructions on Using the Chart Below is a chart that shows the form number, form name and processing times for the following forms that are processed by the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO). Find the particular form number (in the left[…]

Bill introduced to extend EB5 Pilot Program and Modify/Reform EB5 program

Sen. Grassley and Sen. Leahy co-sponsored a bill to extend, modify and reform the EB5 program.  Senate bill S.1501 was introduced on June 3 2015 and referred to Committee on the same day.  The EB5 pilot program is to sunset on Sept. 30 2015.  The bill will extend the date to Sept. 30, 2020.  The Pilot[…]

What to expect from the executive action annoucement

I have it on good authority that these are  some of the things we can expect: Illegal immigration: 1. Deferred action to parents of US citizens and green card holders who have lived in the US for at least 5 years. 2. Expanding the DACA program to no-age limit and who have been in the[…]

EB5 Processing Time as of November 10, 2014

USCIS updated the processing times for EB5 petitions: Form Title Classification or Basis for Filing: Processing Timeframe: I-526 Immigrant Petition By Alien Entrepreneur For use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States 14.3 Month(s) I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (immigrant investors) 6.8 Month(s)[…]

EB5 Visas- Unavailable for China

Copied from AILA: Practice Alert: China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014: What Does This Mean? On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the AILA EB-5 Conference in Chicago, Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Department of State Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, announced that effective immediately, the EB-5 preference category had become “unavailable” for Chinese[…]

Tahmina Mentioned in CNNMoney

Thank you to CNN and Reporter Sara O’Brian for reporting on an issue that I care so deeply about and mentioning my work. My regular readers will know how strongly I feel about these issues. The article highlights the frustration that I and many of my colleagues face helping startups get visas. Hope this will shed light[…]

H4 work authorization soon? The White House is working on it!

On April 7th, the White House made several announcements including that current regulations will be reviewed to create new rules for work permits for spouses of certain H1b workers and to make visas for entrepreneurs more efficient using existing visas.  See below for text of the White House press release from the website. While this[…]