May 16, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made public a proposed rule that seeks to increase filing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for EB-5 visa processes and several other visa categories.

Examples of commonly used forms that would see fee increases are:

DOS has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2016. For EB-5 visas, both regional center and direct investments, the Final Action Priority Date for persons born in mainland China has now been set to February 8, 2014. The Filing Priority Date for persons born in mainland China remains the same as in last month’s Visa Bulletin: May 1, 2015. USCIS has not yet stated whether they will be using the Final Action Priority Date or the Filing Priority Date for Adjustment of Status Applications for May 2016.

April 7, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the congressionally mandated maximum number of new H-1B visa petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2017. This is referred to as the “cap” on H-1B visas. The H-1B cap was reached in...

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2016. For EB-5 visas, both regional center and direct investments, the Final Action Priority Date for persons born in mainland China has now been set to February 1, 2014. The Filing Priority Date for persons...

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced it plans to hold another hearing on the EB-5 Program on April 13, 2016. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley from Iowa, was apivotal figure in the 2015 negotiations for reforming the EB-5 Regional Center Program. In 2015,...