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  • Persons from Hong Kong Not Yet Subject to China Visa Allocation -   At a recent IIUSA EB-5 Forum, Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) – the man who decides the DOS Visa Bulletin every month – responded to a question regarding visa allocation for persons from Hong Kong. The question was “are EB-5 applicants […]
  • DOS Announces Plans to Resume Routine Visa Services -   The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has announced that routine visa processing at Embassies and Consulates will resume on a post-by-post basis consistent with DOS’s guidance for safely returning to the full services. As on the ground conditions improve, DOS will begin providing services leading to the eventual full resumption of immigrant and […]
  • What Happens to an LPR if They Have Been Outside the United States for More than One Year Because of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions? -   Due to significant travel and movement restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPR”’) have found themselves stranded abroad and thus unable to travel to the United States despite not having the intention of abandoning their LPR status.   All permanent residents receive an identification called a Form I-551 but colloquially known as […]
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Allows Public Charge Rule to Continue -   In what appears to be a judicial game of tennis, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit overturned a lower federal judge’s decision to stop the United States Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) public charge rule and is allowing DHS to continue to implement the rule. On November 2, Judge Gary […]
  • Public Charge Rule is now stopped – again – in latest round of litigation -   A federal judge has stopped the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) public charge rule which was recently allowed to proceed after an injunction was lifted by the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. Judge Gary Feinerman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated the rule […]
  • DOS to Allow Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants to Proceed with Interviews -   Following the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issuing a narrow injunction against the United States Department of State, certain nonimmigrant visa applicants that were previously subjected to U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban executive order will no longer be subjected to the executive order. Specifically, the injunction stops […]
  • Announcement – USCIS Premium Processing Fees to Increase as of October 19th -   On October 19, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) premium processing fees will increase in accordance with the Continuing Appropriations Act signed into law on October 1, 2020. USCIS premium processing allows a petitioner to receive a decision within 15 calendar days by submitting a Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing. The […]
  • I voted today -   Today I completed and sent in my absentee ballot for the 2020 Presidential election and other federal, state and county elections.  In addition to the Republican and Democratic candidates, I had the option to vote for one Libertarian and three independent candidates.  My State’s ballot also included options to vote for candidates for the […]
  • Are you a Conditional Permanent Resident outside the United States because of Covid-19: I-829 and I-751? -   Are you a conditional permanent resident waiting for the approval of a Form I-829 Petition (for EB-5 immigrant investors) or a Form I-751 Petition (for spouses of U.S. citizens) to remove the condition from your permanent resident status but have not been able to return to the U.S. because of COVID-19?  You may be […]
  • Will U.S. Immigration Services Offer Special Relief to Permanent Residents Who Return to the United States After Being Abroad for More Than One Year Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic? -   The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (“CBP”) has not announced any special relief to a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) who has remained outside the United States for more than one year because of COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions. Currently, an LPR who was remained outside the United States irrespective of his or her […]