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...]

New Immigration Fees Take Effect Today

Effective today, December 23, 2016, filing fees for numerous requests for immigration benefits before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased.     USCIS has confirmed that any application or petition bearing a postmark of December 22, 2016 or earlier, no matter when it is ultimately received for filing, will be accepted with the old fees.    Read more at ImmigrationInternet.com.   … [Read more...]

The Significance of Your Student Visa’s Expiration Date

According to U.S. law, any individual from a foreign country must have a current, non-immigration visa in order to study within the country. Unlike other types of documentation, student visas are considered temporary, meaning that they can have strict limitations on their validity. Those who find themselves in the United States with an expired student visa can find themselves facing serious legal consequences. When are you at risk? To know if … [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...]

Immigration Detention Hell

I just got off the phone with a deportation client. Of course, I can't reveal lots of details about his deportation case. In any event, he is being detained under the ridiculous INA mandatory detention statute. This client was charged with a crime in late-2000 and is a Permanent Resident. USCIS, DHS and ICE forgot this fact though. Instead, they waited until early-2010 to decide to commence deportation proceedings against him. Yes, 10 … [Read more...]