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December 6 2023

Artificial Intelligence and President Biden’s Executive Order for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (“AI/ML”) Professionals and Related Workers

Overall, the Executive Order 14110 directs the government agencies involved in visas and immigration to develop policies to encourage immigration of AI/ML professionals and “streamline processing times.”  The USCIS, Department of Labor and State Department have not yet issued new policies and/or rules pursuant to the Executive Order. They should promulgate...

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October 16 2023

Expediting I-829 Removal of Conditional Resident Status

USCIS has over 10,000 I-829 EB-5 investor visa applications on file. They sit on the USCIS shelf for 4 years or more.For a decision, to finally settle one’s immigration and apply for U.S. citizenship, I often file a “Mandamus” action in court. These actions are usually successful as there is...

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May 16 2023

Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Program

In February, the Department of State said it would renew a program terminated in 2004to allow H-1B visa holders in the U.S. to renew the visa stamp in their passport withoutgoing to an American consulate overseas. No details have been announced in the pastfew months. Hopefully, this program will be...

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April 25 2023

New EB-5 Set Aside Program for People Born in India or China

The EB-5 investor green card process has been in effect for over 20 years. About a decade ago, it became very popular with people in China and more recently people born in India. Since then, many have applied, far more than the 10,000 visas that are available each year for...

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March 15 2023

Clarification on H-1B Layoffs

The USCIS has finally provided some clarification about its policy on maintaining H-1B status for those who are laid-off/terminated. The rules provide that one has a grace period of up to 60 days in H-1B status after a layoff or other “cessation of employment.” While one is in the grace...

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