EB-5 Investment reduced back to $500,000

-On June 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in Behring Regional Center LLC v. Wolf, 20-cv-09263-JSC, vacated the  then policy of requiring $900,000 for EB-5 investment. As such, USCIS we will apply the EB-5 regulations that were in effect before the rule was finalized on Nov. 21, 2019, including: No priority date retention based on an approved Form I-526; The required standard minimum investment…

International Entrepreneur Rule Visa immigration Attorney

  International-Entrepreneur-FILLABLE-July2021 In 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) relaunched the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), allowing it to exercise its discretion to grant temporary entry to foreign nationals who will provide a “significant public benefit” to the United States based on their role as an entrepreneur of a recently formed start-up business. Threshold Requirements To qualify, the entrepreneur must: Own at least 10% of and maintain at least a…

International Entrepreneur Visa Parole Program

USCIS Relaunches International Entrepreneur Parole Program On May 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 notice of proposed rule making that proposed to remove the International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program from DHS regulations. The IE parole program provides a temporary immigration pathway for foreign entrepreneurs who have founded companies in the United States attracting venture capital or other…

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Grenada Citizenship Investment E-2 Lawyer

As a preliminary matter the E-2 visa allows an investor to set up or purchase their own business in the United States. The investors is then authorized to run and manage this business. The E-2 visa is one of the most flexible visas available to foreign Nationals. The E-2 allows for a quick adjudicational at the U.S Consulate and generally will not require a USCIS application. Further, the E-2 investor’s…

Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility

Updated: March 11, 2021   Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver.  The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months.  This policy is in effect until December 31, 2021.  This…

Immigration Options for the H1b employee under the Covid-19 Pandemic

In an April 28, 2020 report, Bloomberg reported that over 200,000 H-1B employees in the United State may lose their lawful status by June of this year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Darren Silver of Darren Silver & Associates, LLP a boutique Business Immigration Law Firm in Los Angeles believes that the Bloomberg numbers may be conservative and that the actual number of H1b employees impacted by…

Extensions of Status & Changes of Status during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

our blog last week, we touched upon procedures for Extensions of Status & Changes of Status during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  On April 14, 2020, USCIS provided further guidance on the matter. While consulates abroad have suspended visa processing, USCIS continues to accept cases throughout this pandemic, and any change or extension of status can be mailed to the appropriate USCIS office. Accordingly, a timely filed change or extension of status…

COVID-19 Immigration Updates

Our team remains available for our clients throughout this time of crisis. We understand that our clients face uncertainty as to the health and financial wellbeing of their loved ones; our goal is to do what we do best and alleviate any stresses that may arise from the immigration system. It is clear by now that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented issues in the immigration law sphere. We have…

Those Born in Hong Kong, Immigration to the United States Remains a Viable Options

 Individuals who were born in Hong Kong and have a Hong Kong passport maintain advantages over Chinese passport holders when it comes to immigration to the United States. The main advantage is that Hong-Kong is considered a separate “country” or region than Mainland China for U.S. immigration purposes. Additionally, Hong Kong allows dual citizenship, which ensures that those seeking U.S. citizenship will also be able to retain their Hong Kong…

Immigration Lawyer offers Visa and Green Card Options for Social media influencers

A Social influencer is typically a person or group that gains popularity and credibility on one or more of the social media outlets. The Influencer through his or her following is able to project Brand loyalty and sales. Brands have marketed products through various Social Media outlets such as YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. U.S Immigration law has a carved out Visa that is dedicated to those Foreign Nationals that are…