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April 23 2020

Details of Trump’s Green Card Travel Ban

On April 22, 2020, Trump issued his new green card travel ban, effective for 60 days (with possible extensions).  It does not apply to: EB-5 investor immigrants People in the U.S. applying for permanent residence via adjustment of status Spouses and children under 21 of U.S. citizens Green card holders returning to the U.S. People issued valid immigrant...

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April 6 2020

COVID-19 Impact on EB-5 Hotel Projects

Many EB-5 projects involve the construction and operation of hotels.  Obviously, the hospitality industry will be impacted by COVID-19 as income may fall, employees may be laid off and/or plans are delayed.  Thus, COVID-19 may impact the necessary job creation for investors’ EB-5 applications.  Here are some general EB-5 legal...

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March 20 2020

EB-5 Investment May Decrease to $450,000

As part of the economic stimulus bill, the Administration is considering provisions to modify the EB-5 jobs and immigration program by 1) lowering the minimum investment amount to $450,000 from the current $900,000 amount and 2) increasing the number of visas from the current 10,000 to 75,000.  This is just a...

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February 11 2020

Immigration Rule Changes

Lately, there have been many immigration rule and policy changes, some major and some minor.  Here are a few: The new rule on proving each new immigrant and nonimmigrant will not be a public charge to the government may go into effect while a court challenge to the legality of the...

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February 1 2020

EB-5 Investor Green Cards to be Processed Faster

USCIS says it is abolishing its First In, First Out policy for I-526 processing (there is really no such policy in practice).  For most new or recently filed I-526s, the processing time should now be much faster, and it may take from one to one and 1/2 years for immigration.   USCIS...

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