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Posted in Department of State, Executive Order, Travel

On July 14, 2017, Judge Derrick Watson from the Hawaii District Court expanded the definition of “close familial relationship” to include grandparents, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition, Judge Watson ruled that for refugees, a bona fide relationship with an entity can include a U.S. resettlement agency that has issued a… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Executive Order, Travel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States partially revived part of President Trump’s second Executive Order (EO-2)  mandating a temporary travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, which will be in effect on June 29, 2017. EO-2 also sought to suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and limit the… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, EB-5, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, Immigrant Visa, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On Oct. 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued an unclassified cable on the Continuing Resolution signed into law on Sept. 29, 2016 that extends several important immigration programs, including the EB-5 Regional Center program. The cable explains that the EB-5 Regional Center program (immigrant visa categories R51 and I51) now is set… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, EB-5, EB-5 Investment, Immigrant Visa, Visa

许多中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者最近注意到,他们不再能够访问国家签证中心(NVC)的在线平台。 此在线平台的功能包括移民签证费账单的支付,移民签证(DS-260)的申请,以及其他功能。 国家签证中心已确认将使用每月签证公告的申请递件排期表(“表B”)来启动案件处理。10月份的签证排期公告显示,对于中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者,表B当前优先日的截止日期是2014年6月14日或更早。因此,国家签证中心表示不会处理优先日晚于10月签证排期公告中表B截止日期的案件。 这种在处理中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者的移民签证申请上的改变导致许多人无法继续进行在处理方式变更之前开始的DS-260申请,以及无法支付移民签证费用帐单,完成DS-260申请,或从国家签证中心收到确认DS-260申请的所有相关文件已被接收的通知。根据国家签证中心的指示,在今年10月,只有那些优先日期为2014年6月14日或更早的中国大陆出生申请人能够在被国家签证中心通知后继续移民签证处理程序。另外,每个月国家签证中心将通知那些优先日在签证排期表表B截止日期之前的申请人。重要的是,对于以前已经提交给国家签证中心但优先日在排期表表B截止日期之后而不能进行处理的案件,国家签证中心表示将给申请人发出确认收到申请和材料的通知。 此外,国务院证实,正在努力使其在线平台现代化,并指出目标是在2017年春天,建立一个全新的门户网站. 此网站包括所有目前可用的独立的在线功能,如签证费用账单支付,DS-260提交,案件状态查询,以及许多其他功能。

Posted in Department of State, EB-5, EB-5 Investment, Immigrant Visa, Visa

Many of the mainland China born EB-5 investors recently noticed that they no longer had access to the National Visa Center (NVC) online platform for the purposes of immigrant visa fee bill payment, access to immigrant visa (DS-260) applications, as well as other functions.  NVC has confirmed that it is using the Dates for Filing… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On Sept. 21, 2016, USCIS confirmed that the Dates for Filing Chart in the October 2016 Visa Bulletin should be used to determine eligibility to file both family-based and employment-based Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications. As we’ve previously reported, the Dates for Filing chart (also referenced as Chart B) of the U.S. Department of State’s… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, EB-3, Immigrant Visa, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

After the release of the October Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories.  They are summarized below: EB-1 China and India In the October bulletin, final action dates for India and… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Regional Center, Visa

国家签证中心,就已安排的移民面谈一事,联系了通过区域中心投资的EB-5移民签证申请人,告知他们,虽然目前为止已安排的移民签证面谈仍预计正常进行,申请人的面谈面临被取消的可能。由于即将到来的 9月30日区域中心项目的暂定截止日期,国家签证中心表示国务院将只有在国会将区域中心项目延期到9月30日之后才能继续发放移民签证。 如果已经安排的面谈时间超出区域中心项目的延期之外,面谈将会被取消,并且只能在国会继续延长该项目的情况下才能重新安排面试。如果项目获得延期,在今年10月的国务院签证公告中,EB-5类别的签证配额将会是”current”(有名额的),签证名额受到积压的地区除外,比如中国内地。 国会目前正在考虑EB-5区域中心项目延期的相关条款。需要更多有关区域中心项目继续授权和延期的最新动态,请订阅此博客。

Posted in China, Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Regional Center, Visa

The National Visa Center (NVC) has reached out to EB-5 immigrant visa applicants who have invested via Regional Centers regarding their scheduled interview appointments, letting them know that while at this time they are expected to appear for their interviews, the interviews may be subject to cancellation. In anticipation of the EB-5 pilot program’s upcoming… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, Immigrant Visa, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

This week, the Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for September 2016. Given that visa numbers are issued based on the government fiscal year, we expect to see significant movement again in October 2016; for September 2016, the last month of FY2016, there were only minor changes with regard to movement of final action… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, Visa Bulletin

This week the Department of State released the August Visa Bulletin, which contains some significant movement in certain employment-based categories. In its July Visa Bulletin, which we wrote about here, the Department advised that it would impose cutoff dates for India and China in the EB-1 category.  In the August Bulletin, the Department has imposed… Continue Reading