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June 20 2019

Social Media Questions Included on Visa Applications

Social Media Questions Included on Visa Applications The Department of State (DOS) has added a new requirement for both people seeking temporary visas as well as new immigrants.  Now the government Form DS-160 for a non-immigrant visa and Form DS-260 for an immigrant visa require the applicant to answer a question...

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May 31 2019

Indian EB-5 Quota Update

There are 10,000 EB-5 visas annually.  No country can take more than 7% per fiscal year.  The State Department (“DOS”) has announced that by July, the approximately 700 Indian EB-5 visas will be nearly exhausted for this fiscal year and the Visa Bulletin will have a cut-off date “sometime in...

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March 11 2019

With Fewer EB-5 Applications, Will Processing Times be Faster?

In Fiscal Year 2016, the USCIS received 14,573 EB-5 I-526 petitions.  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the decline in petitions from China-born investors resulted in only 6,424 I-526 filings (and only 1,338 in the last quarter of FY2018). One EB-5 expert predicts that in 2019, I-526s will be decided in less...

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February 27 2019

Increasing the EB-5 Investment Amount Moved a Step Closer

The government’s Office of Management & Budget (“OMB”) has advanced a regulation to the “review” stage that will likely increase the investment amount.  The “review” stage is the last step in the rulemaking process before a final rule is published and becomes effective.  Regarding how long the review stage will...

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