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  • Regional Center Program extended to November 21, 2019 -   The EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program (also known as Regional Center Program) was extended through November 21, 2019 as part of a greater Continuing Resolution passed by Congress and signed by the President.  The Continuing Resolution is primarily to extend funding of the federal government beyond September 30, 2019. Passed in 1993, The EB-5 Regional […]
  • U.S. Federal Judge Blocks Incoming Public Charge Rule from Taking Effect -   A New York federal judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing a new rule regarding how the agency determines whether an immigrant would be considered a “public charge.” The decision by Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of […]
  • Trump Proclamation Will Requirement Incoming Immigrants to Have Health Insurance -   U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation requiring intending immigrants to prove that they can afford health insurance as a prerequisite to being issued an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. The proclamation does not affect existing lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees or children. The new measure, which is […]
  • What do the “Final Action Date” and “Dates for Filing Applications” mean on the Visa Bulletin? -   In September 2015, the Department of State (DOS) and USCIS jointly announced a new procedure that allowed family and employment-based immigrant visa applicants currently waiting for a visa to start their immigration process or apply for adjustment of status before their Priority Date becomes available. In visa categories which are oversubscribed, meaning that there […]
  • If You Are Convicted of a Crime, Will You Be Barred From Immigrating to the United States? -   U.S. immigration law classifies certain criminal offenses as a “crime involving moral turpitude” (CIMT). If a foreign national is convicted of a CIMT or admits to the commission of a CIMT whether the crime was committed in the United States or abroad, it may render him or her inadmissible to immigrate to the United […]
  • Visas “unavailable” (temporarily) for the Vietnamese EB-5 immigrant investor visa category in October 2019 -   The final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories have been listed as “Unavailable” in the Department of State visa bulletin for October 2019.  This is because the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is currently set to expire on September 30, 2019.   The C5 and T5 categories remain with published priority dates because these […]
  • New Rule on Public Inadmissibility Charge Released by U.S. Department of Homeland Security -   On 12 August 2019, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the publication of its new rule on public charge. In addition to the long standing requirements that intending immigrants must be able to show that they are able to financially support themselves either through a sponsor, their own assets or a combination of […]
  • USCIS Will Leave 7 International Offices Open -   In rare bit of positive news from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the agency has announced plans to maintain operations in seven international field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya;  New Delhi, India; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Salvador, El Salvador.  This is a shift from the […]
  • August Visa Bulletin – Vietnam Final Action Date retrogresses -   As expected, the Final Action Date for Vietnamese EB-5 investors has retrogressed to match that of mainland-born Chinese.  The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2019 now indicates that EB-5 visa applicants from China, Vietnam, and India will be subject to the same Final Action Date of October 15, 2014. This is […]
  • Regulation change to EB-5 will increase the minimum investment to $900,000 -   The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization regulation was published in the Federal Register on July 24, 2019 and this final rule is scheduled to become effective on November 21, 2019.   The most significant part of the final rule for investors is an increase to the minimum investment amount.   The rule will increase the minimum […]