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U.S. immigration law comprises a system of highly complex, intricate, many-layered statutes, regulations, informal agency materials and policies which are often influenced by the current political climate. Anyone attempting to navigate this system needs attorneys well versed in the nuances of this multifaceted process. Join our experienced immigration bloggers as they provide regular updates for employers on the full gamut of immigration issues ranging from hiring, compliance and employment best practices to the latest developments in visa news and coverage of significant immigration-related decisions, as well as practical advice to ease the immigration process. Their coverage includes developments and issues central to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 China/India will become current; EB2/3 India and China continue to advance; EB2/3 Worldwide will remain current; Visa Office on Priority Dates, Demand, and Predictions In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories with AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association). Below are highlights from the most recent “check-in with Charlie” (August 11, 2017), reflecting his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories. As the September Visa Bulletin sets forth the final... More
  • Premium Processing Resumes for Certain Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions, Effective Immediately The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today, July 24, 2017, that it will again expand its resumption of premium processing for certain types of H-1B petitions. Effective immediately, H-1B petitioners who are (or have a sound argument that they are) exempt from the H-1B cap, are eligible to request premium processing.  This includes petitioners that are: An institution of higher education, A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education, or A nonprofit research or governmental research organization. In addition,... More
  • Be One of Our ABA Blawg 100 Amici! Every year, the ABA Journal invites nominations for its Blawg 100 list, a compilation of staff and reader “favorites” within the legal blogosphere. The rigorous selection process for the 2017 list has begun, with the magazine calling for recommendations from “Blawg Amici” – regular readers who wish to support and spread the word about their favorite legal blogs. Here’s a sampling of posts from the past year: Revised Form I-9 Now Available Immigrant Visa Processing Changes… (July 12, 2017) Travel Ban Reinstated – DHS and DOS... More
  • Revised Form I-9 Now Available Copyright: bignai / 123RF Stock Photo USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17, 2017. On Sept. 18, 2017 and thereafter employers must use this revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N.  It is not necessary to complete new I-9 forms for current employees.  Use the new edition of the form for new... More
  • New I-9 Form To Be Released July 17, 2017 Copyright: bignai / 123RF Stock Photo On July 12, 2017 USCIS announced that it will release a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. This new edition of the form, which will bear a revision date of 07/17/17 N, will become mandatory on September 18, 2017 and will replace all prior editions of the form as of that date. Employers may either use the current edition (with a revision date of 11/14/16 N) or the new... More
  • Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB2/3 India advances minimally; EB2 China will advance, but EB3 China will retrogress; EB3 Worldwide will advance minimally; Visa Office on Priority Dates, Demand, and Predictions In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories with AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association). Below are highlights from the most recent “check-in with Charlie” (June 13, 2017), reflecting his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories. This month, Charlie examines the final action date movements... More
  • Travel Ban Reinstated – DHS and DOS Release FAQs in Response to Supreme Court’s Decision on Travel Ban On 6/26/17, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, consolidated the 4th and 9th Circuit cases, partially lifted the lower court injunctions, permitting the government to ban U.S. travel by those nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., even though the Supreme Court will hear the merits of the case when it reconvenes in the fall. Immediately after the court’s decision,... More
  • CBP to Email I-94 Expiration Dates US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yesterday that beginning on May 31, 2017, it will email reminders to Visa Waiver Program travelers notifying them of their “last possible departure date from the US”.  In addition, CBP added a feature to its website https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home so that travelers may check their last possible departure date online.  For now, only those admitted to the US under the Visa Waiver Program can benefit from the new features, but CBP indicated that it will incorporate... More
  • Law360 Article: Potential EB-5 Changes Ahead Fox counsel Ali Brodie, who heads Fox’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Services practice, has written a piece for Law360 providing a comprehensive view of reform efforts centered on the EB-5 program. Extended to September 30, 2017, there are now bipartisan discussions to update and improve the program. Changes being discussed include reclassification of Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs), increases to minimum investment amounts, and stricter integrity and oversight measures. Lawmakers are also considering changes to the number of visas available annually, and more efficient... More
  • EB-5 Alert! Proposal to Extend EB-5 Regional Center Program Today, Congress submitted a proposed omnibus spending bill to extend funding to the government through September 30, 2017.  The EB-5 Regional Center Program is included in the bill which proposes a clean extension without any of the much-debated reforms.  If approved, the EB-5 Regional Center Program will be extended through September 30, 2017, offering lawmakers and stakeholders additional time to reach a long-term legislative solution.... More