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December 10 2019

Get Action on Your Immigration Application Mandamus

Recently, the USCIS and American Consulates have been processing immigration applications very slowly. Occasionally, an application can be “expedited” due to extraordinary circumstances, such as a serious illness, but this is rare. Another remedy for slow processing is filing a “Mandamus” action in court.  This is an action to compel the government...

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July 2 2019

EB-5 Investment Amount Increase?

Last week, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) cleared USCIS regulations for publication to 1) increase the EB-5 investment amount from the current minimum of $500,000, and 2) change the Targeted Unemployment Area (“TEA”) rules.  One immigration blogger predicts the new rule will be published within two weeks.  If...

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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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August 22 2018

EB-5 Adjustment of Status versus Obtaining an Immigrant Visa Via Consular Processing

After the EB-5 I-526 petition is granted, one residing in the United States (for example on an H-1B professional worker or F-1 student visa) has a choice of procedures to complete their immigration: 1) apply in the United States for "adjustment of status" or 2) apply for an immigrant visa (IV) abroad at the...

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June 25 2018

EB-5 Investment Amount Increase Delayed

EB-5 Investment Amount Increase Delayed The Office of Management & Budget has indicated the EB-5 visa investment amount may be increased in August 2018.  However, a few days ago, there was a hearing in Washington, DC where the head of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that the...

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