Specializing in EB-5 Visas
for permanent U.S. residency for foreign investors
Starting 06/09/17, USCIS will only accept the 04/10/17 edition. Until then, petitioners can use the 12/23/16 edition. The public can find the edition date at the USCIS website, uscis.gov, which sets out the form and instructions.
May 3, 2107
Congress has agreed to extend the EB-5 Regional Center program until September 30, 2017 with no changes. The extension of the EB-5 Regional Center program without changes is a significant step forward in the continuity of the program, and opens the door to continued negotiations among legislators over the future requirements of the program.
March 5, 2017
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") is temporarily suspending accelerated processing known as "Premium Processing" of skilled worker visas under the H-1B visa program. The Premium Processing offers employers a 15-calendar day turn-around time for H-1B visa applications for an additional fee of $1225.
On Friday, March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") held a public stakeholder engagement in Washington, D.C. Some important announcements were made, which we summarize below:
March 3, 2017
The European Parliament took a vote to end visa-free travel for U.S. citizens to countries in the European Union, including France, Italy, Spain and Germany. This is the first step in suspending the mutual visa-free reciprocity agreement between the European Union and the United States.