Breaking EB-5 Alert: EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended

In a late-night vote, the House and Senate passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until January 19, 2018.  As we reported early this week, the EB-5 Regional Center Program was set to end at the stroke of midnight tonight. This is only a temporary fix, pushing off any long-term resolution to the EB-5 Investor Visa Program for just a few … [Read more...]

Understanding the Different Categories of Immigrant Visas

With over 100 visa types available to those looking to enter the United States on a permanent basis, it’s no wonder the immigration process can be extremely confusing for even the most knowledgeable prospective visa holders. Fortunately, a basic understanding of the different immigrant visas available can be gained from dividing the different types into more manageable categories. While other types of immigrant visas exist, the two primary … [Read more...]

Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

A Columbus, Ohio man was recently convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The guilty verdict was handed down after a joint investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Homeland Security Investigations, which revealed that the man committed marriage fraud in order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. The 41-year-old man at the … [Read more...]

Form I-864 and the Role of the Sponsor

To ensure that a person looking to receive a green card and become a permanent U.S. resident is being adequately supported from a financial standpoint, the applicant has to go through a process in which a family member agrees to act as a sponsor. In the event that the sponsoring family member doesn’t make enough money, another person, such as another relative or a close friend, may act as a joint sponsor. Being a sponsor to a prospective green … [Read more...]

Can Military Members and Veterans Face Deportation?

Contrary to what many people believe, members of the U.S. armed forces can face deportation, even after they return from an overseas deployment. Though joining the military can sometimes present ways to hasten the citizenship process, those who serve as non-citizens may find themselves subject to complex, inconsistent and even unclear immigration laws. The reality of veteran deportation U.S. engagement in the Middle East led many immigrants to … [Read more...]

Time for Electronic Filing with the Immigration Court System – Time to Save the Enviroment, Money and Time

Given the continued annual growth of actual deportations and commencement of deportation proceedings, Baurkot & Baurkot Deportation Attorney Raymond Lahoud called for the implementation of an electronic filing system for the Immigration Courts that is similar to that in the federal court system. “Deportation proceedings are, without any doubt, the fastest proceedings that exist in the American Judicial System and potential deportees are … [Read more...]