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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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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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