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19 Apr, 2018
  • Credit Card

USCIS Only Accepts Credit Card Payments for Forms Filed at the Lockbox

April 19th, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

On Feb. 14, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept credit card payments for 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities. In the initial announcement USCIS mistakenly include EB-5 Form I-829  Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove [...]

16 Apr, 2018
  • DC featured

Kathy Nuebel Kovarik Named Keynote Speaker for EB-5 Advocacy Conference

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

IIUSA is pleased to announce that Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Chief, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will address attendees of the upcoming EB-5 Advocacy Conference during a special luncheon session on Monday, April 23. Ms. [...]

12 Apr, 2018
  • Visa Bulletin Featured

U.S. Department of State Issues May Visa Bulletin Revealing a Cutoff Date for Vietnam Applicants for First Time in Program History

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs|

Earlier this week, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs released the Visa Bulletin for the month of May 2018 (View PDF). The bulletin revealed a cutoff date of July 22, 2014 for Mainland-China born visa applicants which [...]

3 Apr, 2018
  • Visa Bulletin Featured

April Visa Bulletin Highlights Looming Oversubscription for Vietnamese EB-5 Applicants

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs, Immigration Law, Research / Analysis|

The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs Visa Bulletin for the month of April 2018 (View PDF) reveals a cutoff date of July 22, 2014 for Mainland-China born visa applicants which remained unchanged from the March bulletin. Special Note [...]

26 Mar, 2018
  • DHS

Homeland Security Inspector General Issues Report on USCIS Green Card Processing Times

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Dept of Homeland Security (DHS), Government Affairs|

Earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a report by the DHS Inspector General on Green Card processing time. The report concluded the "USCIS has unclear website information and unrealistic time goals for adjudicating green card application". [...]

22 Feb, 2018
  • Credit Card

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Options for Filling Fees

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is now accepting credit card payments for filling of most of its forms. The new payment option is available for the 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities [...]

19 Feb, 2018
  • Webpage Featured

ICYMI: Department of State Resource Website for Employment-Based Immigration

February 19th, 2018|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs|

Did you know the Department of State has a comprehensive webpage on state.gov that provides an overview on the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa categories? The page provides helpful links and resources for investors, including Program fees, eligibility requirements, information about visa [...]

13 Feb, 2018
  • Visa Bul March

U.S. Department of State Issues March Visa Bulletin: Final Action Date for Mainland-China Remains Unchanged

February 13th, 2018|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs, Immigration Law, Research / Analysis|

Earlier this week, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs released the Visa Bulletin for the month of March 2018 (View PDF). The bulletin revealed a cutoff date of July 22, 2014 for Mainland-China born visa applicants which remained [...]

9 Feb, 2018
  • Court Decision

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Rejects USCIS’s Reliance on a “Call Option” to Deny EB-5 Investors’ I-526 Petitions

February 9th, 2018|Categories: Alerts, Government Affairs, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

February 7, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected USCIS’s reliance on a “call option” to deny EB-5 investors’ I-526 petitions. See Chang v. USCIS, --- F. Supp. 3d ----, 2018 WL 746081 (D.D.C. 2018). USCIS [...]

9 Feb, 2018
  • Spending Package Featured

Advocacy Alert: EB-5 Extended to March 23rd as Part of Short-Term Spending Package

February 9th, 2018|Categories: Alerts, Congress, Government Affairs, White House|

Early this morning, Congress passed and the President signed a short-term spending package that includes a clean extension of EB-5 until March 23, 2018. This marks the fifth time this fiscal year that Congress has "kicked the can down the [...]