EB-5 Investor Program to Receive USCIS Overhaul

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday announced reforms to its EB-5 Investment Program that will increase the minimum investment to qualify for the investor green card. In addition to hikes in investment thresholds, USCIS announced reforms to Targeted Employment Area (TEA) designations and processing changes that could streamline the EB-5 process. The proposed… [Read More]

How to Apply for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The United States Department of State (DOS) issued a notice providing information on how to apply for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, under which 50,000 diversity visas will be available. The notice includes information on eligibility, entry period, completing the electronic entry form, selection of applicants, photo requirements, and FAQs. Applicants must submit entries… [Read More]

Department of Labor Seeks to Institute Filing Fees for PERM Program

The Trump Administration has requested that employers be required to pay filing fees for sponsoring foreign national employees via the Department of Labor’s (DOL) PERM Labor Certification Program. The PERM Program allows employers to sponsor foreign employees for lawful permanent residence (a Green Card) by showing that qualified U.S. workers cannot be found for the… [Read More]

New Executive Order Bans Entry to the U.S. by citizens of Libya, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen

Today the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) implementing a new travel ban scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. The ban primarily imposes the following restrictions: Citizens of Libya, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are banned from entering the U.S. for 90 days unless an exception or waiver is… [Read More]