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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Following is a Chinese version of a previously published blog: 2014年11月20日,奥巴马总统发表了社会各界期待已久的移民改革“行政决定”。事项总汇 我们也会持续更新有关信息。奥巴马总统在去年已经表示此行政决定将延迟到中期选举之后。尽管参众两院的共和党领袖对此举措表示强烈反对,并声称奥巴马总统的行为滥用权力且无法律依据,但是,总统行政决定中的计划将通过政策规定的更新、改变和调整而立即实施。决定反对者已经表示将通过诉诸法律程序,削减经费来源以及其他政治途径来阻止决定的执行。我们会继续跟进相关发展和变化。

Posted in Immigrant Visa

On Nov. 7, 2014, the November 2014 Visa Bulletin was released.  Shortly thereafter, on Nov. 13, 2014, AILA “checked in” with Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories. The checkup is… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. See here, here and here. We will also post additional materials made available. Late last summer, the President had postponed the release of such action until after the mid-term elections. Despite the cries of overreaching and lack of authority by the Republican leadership in the… Continue Reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Please join Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice for a webinar entitled Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Now What? Due to the nature of this development, GT will offer two opportunities to participate in this webinar. Friday, November 21st | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET Monday, November 24th | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET Topics include: What Executive… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Visa, Speaking Engagement

Last week, Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Ali Brodie presented to students at Columbia University in New York on the topic of “Post-Graduate Immigration Options with a Focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program.”  EB-5 team members Sylvia Sobczyk and Joanna Jiang also attended the seminar.  The lecture attracted a number of foreign students interested in… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa

The National Visa Center (NVC), in operation now for 20 years, is the U.S. Department of State agency responsible for pre-processing approved immigrant visas that include immigration based on: family and employment sponsorship, diversity visas and special immigrant visas. This month, the NVC met with the American Immigrant Lawyer’s Association and provided insight into its… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa

The National Visa Center (NVC), the U.S. Department of State agency responsible for pre-processing approved immigrant visas, has changed its policy on collecting originals of certain supporting documents. As of Nov. 12, 2014, NVC will no longer collect original civil documents (such as birth, marriage, police, military, court, death or divorce records) for immigrant visa… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa

The Department of State (DOS) announced more changes to its Reciprocity Table following updates from earlier this month and in September.  Specifically, beginning November 12, 2014, Chinese nationals and their dependents will be eligible for longer visa validity periods for the following U.S. visas: B-1/B-2 (business and tourism) visas will increase from a one-year validity… Continue Reading

Posted in General

We are pleased to announce that the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP earned a first-tier ranking from the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2015 Best Law Firm rankings nationwide, as well as the Washington, D.C. and Miami metropolitan areas. The Immigration Practice has consistently been ranked in the first-tier for… Continue Reading