New I-140 Rules Took Effect on Tuesday 1/17/17

As part of Obama’s executive action, many employment-based rules were streamlined and improved. Those final rules took effect yesterday. I have not had time to write about the individual issues yet-as there are many great improvements. For now, here a summary from federal register. Clarifications and Policy Improvements First, the final rule largely conforms DHS[…]

Entrepreneur Parole- Final Rule Released- Here are Details!

International Entrepreneurs Rule FINAL RULE – JANUARY 2017 A Simplified Summary by Tahmina Watson  USCIS announced proposed new rules on August 26, 2016 for international entrepreneurs. Comments were sought for a 45-day period.  On Friday January 13th, the final rules were released and will be officially published on Tuesday January 17th 2017.  The rule will[…]

Green Card for Startup Founders Just Became Easier! New Case Law- Matter of Dhansar!

Green Card for Startup Founders Just Became Easier!  New Case Law- Matter of Dhansar! Many of my regular readers will know that we have been anxiously awaiting guidance on a green card option known as National Interest Waiver (NIW). We had been waiting for over two years.  With just weeks left in the Obama administration, which[…]

The Loss of Immigration Reform and Hillary Clinton

Dear readers,  I don’t know about you, but the last five days have been tremendously difficult to bear. Difficult because I am an immigration lawyer worried about clients and adverse changes to the law that are inevitable.  Difficult because I am an immigrant to the United States myself and fall into a number of minority[…]

USCIS Filing Fees Set to Increase on 12/23/16

The USCIS announced fee increases recently. There is a rule making process it had to go through and finally the effective date has been set to December 23, 2016. See below chart copied from USCIS __________________________________ Our Fees This chart lists USCIS’ fees effective December 23, 2016. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or[…]

Work Permission for Abused Spouses of A, G, E-3 and H visa holders: The Details

As an immigration lawyer, I often hear heartbreaking stories of abuse. Abuse of immigrants, visitors, undocumented aliens and many more.  Sometimes there is a solution, but more often than not, there are no solutions.  Those who have never had a solution are spouses of non-immigrant visa holders. Until now! The Obama Administration has issued guidance[…]

EB5 program extended without change until December 9, 2016

Yesterday, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded.  During that time, the EB5 program was extended without change until December 9, 2016.  That means, if you hope to file an EB5 application, you have until December 9th to file your petition with the current investment amount. Minimum investment may well increase when[…]

New EB5 Bill Raises Minimum Investment

The EB5 pilot program is up for renewal on September 30th and a new bill was just published today.  I will write more soon. But the immediate headline is that the minimum investment of $500,000 will be increased to $800,000 in this bill. My regular readers will recall last year, Congress had hoped to make[…]