February 8 2023

New I-829 Receipts

The USCIS has issued new I-829 receipts extending conditional permanent residentgreen cards for 48 months beyond the expiration date of the card. The new receiptsextend the card for employment authorization and international travel.   At this time, I-829s for EB-5 conditional resident immigrants are being processed by theUSCIS extremely slowly. There...

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January 30 2023

New Way to Expedite Some Cases

The USCIS will soon expand its criteria allowing some applications to be expedited,called “premium processing,” with a fee of $2,500. These new categories include:EB-1 multinational organization executives and managers (“EB-1C”).EB-2 National Interest Waivers (“NIW”)The processing time will be 45 days (not 15 as with a nonimmigrant visa such as H-1B,L-1...

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January 27 2023

Validity of Green Cards for conditional permanent residents with pending I-751 and I-829 petitions extended to 48 months

Welcome news to many, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have announced that they will extend the validity of Green Cards for conditional permanent residents with pending I-751 and I-829 petitions to 48 months. This change came into effect on 25 January 2023 for those with a pending Form I-751 - Petition...

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January 20 2023

New EB-5 Quotas May Provide New Opportunities

Under the new EB-5 law, the EB-5 quota is a bit more complex, but for some it provides opportunities not in the old law.The general EB-5 quota of about 10,000 visas is separated to also include three new “reserved” EB-5 visa categories based on investments in the following areas:Rural –...

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December 29 2022

Congress Passes Bill to Allow Isabel Bueso to Remain in United States, Continue Receiving Life-Saving Treatment

The Senate today passed legislation introduced by California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (all D-Calif.) that would allow California resident Isabel Bueso and her family to remain in the United States so she may continue to receive treatment for her rare, life-threatening disease. The House passed...

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