Immigration News Update July 2021 (Newsletter) — The EB-5 Regional Center Program Ends– For Now

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Immigration through investment has been, for the last 30 years, an important component of our legal immigration system, creating tens of thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars in investment to our economy. A large part of that “EB-5” program came to a screeching halt on June 30, 2021, when Congress failed to pass a timely extension of the …

Immigration News Update — July 2021

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EB-5 Program To Expire June 30 After Efforts Fail in Senate; Reauthorization Still Possible Later The EB-5 regional center program, under which foreign investors indirectly finance projects in the United States in exchange for green cards, is set to expire on June 30, 2021. An effort to extend the program failed in the Senate on June 24, 2021, because Sen. …

Immigration News Update (Newsletter) — May 2021 What is the “new” “International Entrepreneur Parole” Program?

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A strange thing happened on the way to immigration changes this week–the Biden Administration resurrected from the dead a “visa” program that Obama had created on his last day in office (and which the Trump administration tried to kill, but failed). The important part of the still “new” Entrepreneurial Parole program is that it allows individuals into the United States …

Immigration News Update May 2021 — What is the “new” “International Entrepreneur Parole” Program?

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DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Program U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 10, 2021, that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 proposed rule that would have removed the International Entrepreneur parole program from DHS regulations. USCIS said the program, first introduced in 2017, “will remain a viable program for foreign entrepreneurs to …

Immigration News Update — April 2021

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How Do You Like The Changes To Immigration Law  — So Far? Bipartisan Bill Introduced in Senate Would Provide Up to 40,000 Unused Immigrant Visas for Doctors, Nurses New legislation introduced on March 29, 2021, by Democratic and Republican senators would provide unused employment-based immigrant visas for up to 25,000 foreign nurses and 15,000 foreign physicians and their family members. …

Immigration News Update March 2021

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Changes are Coming to Immigration Law President Biden Revokes Trump-Era Ban on Entry of Many Immigrants; State Dept. Issues Instructions on Exceptions to Nonimmigrant Ban On February 24, 2021, President Biden revoked former President Trump’s proclamation issued in April 2020 that banned many immigrants from entering the United States. Biden Proclamation Revoking Immigrant Ban Included in the Trump administration’s freeze …

Immigration News Update — February 2021

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USCIS To Abide by Previous Filing Fee Amounts Under Preliminary Injunction U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to abide by previous filing fee amounts because of preliminary injunctions in ILRC v. Wolf and Nw. Immigrant Rts. Project v. USCIS. USCIS said it is complying with the terms of these orders and “is not enforcing the regulatory changes set …

Immigration News Update Mid-January 2021

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Trump Extends the Visa Bans! After successfully beating back the Department of Labor initial illegal regulation on how prevailing wages are calculated for labor certification and H-1B process, the DOL has just published its updated wage regulation. It is just like a repackaged Christmas gift you really did not want. Essentially nothing has changed, its still as awful as it …

Immigration News You Can Use—Mid-November 2020

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DACA is Back, Again Federal Judge Rules New Policy Limiting DACA Is Invalid Because ‘Acting Secretary’ Wolf Was Appointed Unlawfully On November 14, 2020, a federal judge ruled that a new policy limiting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and renewals is invalid because Chad Wolf was not legally serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security when he signed …