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Looking Ahead: How a Biden Presidency Could Impact Start-Ups and the Innovation Economy

President-Elect Joe Biden will inherit an immigration landscape that has changed dramatically in the four years of the Trump Administration. Under its “Buy American, Hire American” directive, the Trump Administration changed the way federal immigration laws are interpreted and enforced, leading to increased scrutiny of every conceivable aspect of legal immigration, from obtaining U.S. citizenship… [Read More]

Profiles in Immigration – Thai Couple Brings Classic Asian Cuisine to Downeast Maine

When Vee Napapornpipat opened her Blue Hill restaurant, Siam Sky in May of 2018, she did not know she would soon be opening a second. But the demand for her and husband Chalee Chaikaew’s Thai cuisine has fueled expansion of their restaurant business with the March opening of Siam Sky 2, in nearby Ellsworth. Vee… [Read More]

Immigration Options for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

Northeastern University’s announced opening of The Roux Institute in Portland has sent shockwaves of excitement through Maine’s tech industries – and for good reason. Northeastern’s cooperative education model leverages corporate partnerships to design curriculum that responds to business needs – helping ensure students have the practical and technical skills to thrive in the global marketplace… [Read More]

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]

Profiles in Immigration – Royal United Company

Royal United Company founder Richard Smith always knew he would work with gamebirds – it was, after all, a trade passed down through generations in his family. “I have been involved in the industry my whole life,” Richard said. “My father, my grandfather, my great grandfather – we have always been gamekeepers.” Richard’s family legacy… [Read More]

Treaty Countries for E Visas

Treaty Countries for E Visas E Visas are a popular nonimmigrant visa to the United States, giving foreign investors and entrepreneurs the chance to work and live in the U.S. As a nonimmigrant visa, the E investor visas do not provide a direct path to permanent residence, however E visa holders can hold an E status… [Read More]