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  • The March 2021 Visa Bulletin Priority Date – Three weeks forward for Vietnamese EB-5 immigrant investors; China frozen; Taiwan and rest of the world current -   The “Final Action Date” priority date for Vietnamese EB-5 investors moved forward three weeks in the Department of State March 2021 visa bulletin, from October 1, 2017 to October 22, 2017.  The priority date indicates that any Vietnamese investors who filed their I-526 Petitions on or before October 22, 2017 now have visas available. […]
  • Biden Revokes Trump’s Executive Order Restricting Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants -   United States President Joseph Biden has revoked former President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”) restricting certain immigrant and non-immigrant applicants from visa processing. Intended to protect U.S. jobs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump issued an EO on April 23, 2020 suspending selected immigrant visa applicants which was scheduled to be […]
  • Enterline and Partners Successfully Overcomes Obstacles for EB-2 Immigrant Visa Client in Manila -   Enterline Immigration Consultants Ltd., is pleased to share that its affiliate Enterline and Partners were able to overcome a refusal for one of its clients who was successfully issued an EB-2 Immigrant Visa in the Philippines. [Click HERE] Its client, a healthcare provider, was petitioned by a U.S. employer as a physical therapist. After […]
  • Trump extends Restrictions on Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants Through March -   United States President Donald Trump has extended an earlier Presidential Proclamation restricting certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories from consular processing in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order (“EO”), which was first issued in April 2020, restricted certain immigrant visa applicants from receiving their visas for at least sixty (60 days).  […]
  • Announcement – Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waivers Temporarily Extended to 24 Months -   The United States Department of State (“DOS”) has temporarily expanded the ability of DOS consular officers to waive in-person interview requirements for individuals applying for an expired nonimmigrant visa within the same category. Previously, in-person interview requirements were eligible for a waiver if the nonimmigrant visa applicant applied for a new visa within 12 […]
  • All U.S. Bound International Air Passengers Required to Present Proof of Testing Negative for COVID-19 -   The United States Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has announced that starting January 26, all international passengers flying to the United States will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 swab test. The new regulation aimed at reducing COVID-19 transmission will require all international passengers to test for infection regardless of vaccination […]
  • The Writ of Mandamus for EB-5 immigrant investors update -   In June we wrote about the option of filing a Writ of Mandamus for EB-5 investors whose I-526 Petitions have been pending for a long time without a decision. See here. In August 2020 EAP assisted one of its clients to file a Writ.  A response from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services […]
  • Interest in the EB 5 visa returning with 75 investors from July through September 2020 -   Following the increase to the minimum investment in a targeted employment area, from US$500,000 to US$900,000 in November 2019 [see here and here], interest in the EB-5 immigrant investor visa significantly dropped in early 2020.  Data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) on quarterly filings indicated that only 61 investors filed […]
  • USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards -   Starting in January 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”).  The new document will be a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action (“Notice”). An LPR must […]
  • What is a Transportation Letter or Boarding Foil? -   We have previously written about what lawful permanent residents can do if their Form I-551 “Green Card” has been lost, stolen, or destroyed and they are outside of the United States. In these articles, we have mentioned obtaining a travel letter or “Boarding Foil” so they may return to the United States.  One of […]