USCIS made a surprise announcement with a new proposed rule today for EB5s. As many of my readers will know, Congress has tried to make many changes and increase the minimum investment for some time without success. Looks like DHS is taking matters into its own hands. The new proposed rule will be official published[…]
While many of us are holding are breaths on what changes will happen on the EB5 provisions- nothing of significance actually happened today. Today, the House passed a short-term funding bill (H.J. 2250) by a voice vote to avoid a government shutdown. The original EB-5 extension is included in the bill. Yesterday, the Senate passed[…]
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[…]
Congress passed a temporary spending bill – a Continuing Resolution – that extends the EB-5 program until December 11, 2015. The Continuing Resolution extends the EB-5 program “as is” – no increase in investment amount or other changes. The Congress can act on EB-5 program reforms any time between now and December 11, 2015.
This morning’s news shows interesting updates on US-China relationship, particularly in the arena of US immigration law. Here are links to two stories: Story 1 and Story 2. In sum, student visas will be valid for 5 years and visitor visas will be valid for 10 years. These lengths of validity exist for some other[…]
The November 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category advances 29 days taking the priority date to 1 March 2013; F2B preference advances 62 days with PD at 1 January 2008; F4 category advances 18 days taking PD to 8[…]
The USCIS published current processing times for EB5 applications. Currently, this is how long it is taking for the following petitions: 13.2 months to process I-526 petitions 7.9 months for I-829 petitions 5.4 months for I-924- applications for regional center status.
The USCIS held a stakeholder meeting today discussing updates on the EB5 program and current state of affairs. The EB5 program Director Nicholas Colucci spoke extensively about the new office, staff and visions. Watson Immigration Law would like to thank the USCIS and Mr. Colucci for taking the time for this open discussion and the[…]
It is with great honor that I accept an invitation to speak about the potential EB6 visa at a conference organized by the Minority Chambers of Commerce Miami. The conference will be held in Miami, Florida on August 2nd, 2013. I am honored to have beeen invited alongside some eminent and distinguished personalities in the[…]
The below article was originally published on Watson Immigration Law Blog on December 5th. The article drew attention from Yahoo! News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, International Business Times, San Jose Mercury News, LA Daily News, and many other press outlets. The below version is slightly edited to include additional commentary about the national interest waiver option for[…]