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
Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States 2017 Guide (Guide) in the area of “Labor and Employment – Immigration.” GT immigration attorneys Laura Reiff, Kate Kalmykov, Ian Macdonald, Pamela Mak, and Martha Schoonover have once again been recommended by The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial. The… Continue Reading
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released FAQs for those affected by the recently reinstated travel ban. Earlier last week, the Department of State released their own set of FAQs regarding implementation of the travel ban during visa processing. DHS will be responsible for admitting persons entering the United States and the FAQs on its… Continue Reading
On June 30, USCIS released its Annual Report 2017 to Congress on matters relating to its mission – “Congress charged us with the duty to aid applicants and their sponsors who are experiencing difficulties applying for immigration benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition, Congress bestowed on us the responsibility of identifying… Continue Reading
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
As previously reported, the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the injunctions that were granted by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits after President Trump issued his second Executive Order mandating a temporary travel ban. This means that the second Executive Order (EO) is now in effect as of June 29. The injunctions for the… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig’s Laura Reiff and Kate Kalmykov were recently recognized by Human Resource Executive, in a report researched by the Lawdragon organization for their work in immigration law. For the seventh consecutive year, the “Nation’s 20 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Immigration” list includes Laura Foote Reiff and a first time appearance in the publication’s list… Continue Reading
As of May 26, 2017, USCIS is processing Form I-924 applications filed on or before Sept. 16, 2015. This reflects a greater than 20-month processing time for Form I-924. This is most likely the longest processing time in the history of the Regional Center EB-5 Program, and is certainly the longest processing time USCIS has… Continue Reading
USCIS recently announced the release of a new edition of Form I-829, with the new edition dated April 21, 2017. Starting on July 24, 2017, USCIS will only accept the April 21, 2017, edition. Until then, investors can use the May 7, 2015 edition. Both editions of Form I-829 are available to download at no… Continue Reading
Kate Kalmykov participated in a press conference that discussed common issues facing nationals of China who apply for EB-5 visas. Specifically, she discussed how the current visa backlog may affect EB-5 visa applications moving forward and the legislative outlook for 2017.
For the third year in a row, Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Kate Kalmykov and Laura Reiff were honored to receive the “Summit Ambassador Award” awarded by Invest in America during the summit in Shanghai on May 6.
On May 6, 2017, Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team attended the 2017 Invest in America Summit events in Shanghai to kick off the largest U.S.-themed investment conference and exhibition in China. The Summit was held in four major Chinese cities: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Invest in America welcomed U.S. investment projects, regional centers, real estate… Continue Reading
On Thursday, May 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in an en banc decision, affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban that was issued March 16, 2017, by a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland. President Trump’s new executive order (EO), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist… Continue Reading
The Omnibus bill that will continue to fund the federal government until Sept. 30, 2017, was passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate on May 4, 2017, and was signed by the president on May 5, 2017. Of note, the bill continues a provision that will extend the EB-5 Regional Center Program as-is… Continue Reading
Congress is poised to extend the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Sept. 30, 2017, without any changes. The House Appropriations Committee submitted a proposal on Continuing Appropriations in the early morning of May 1, 2017. We expect the Omnibus Appropriation bill to proceed to House Rules Tuesday, May 2, with a vote on the House floor… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Kate Kalmykov was recently quoted in The Jerusalem Post’s article, “Trumps Visa Policy May Harm Israeli Hi-Tech Innovators.” In the article, Kalmykov addresses Israeli hi-tech companies options for visas when looking to relocate employees to the United States. To read the full article, click here.
A Continuing Resolution (CR) has been filed as of last night, April 26, 2017, to serve as a vehicle to extend government operations through May 5, 2017, thus preventing a government shutdown. The CR may be signed as early as tonight, subject to ongoing negotiations. If signed, it will extend the EB-5 program as-is until… Continue Reading
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 19, 2017 that the agency will begin issuing revamped Permanent Resident Cards (commonly referred to as “green cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD Cards) as a part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, a multi-agency initiative aimed at modernizing security measures through advanced biometrics technologies…. Continue Reading
On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The stated purpose of this EO is to protect the American economy by having the U.S. government and agencies focus on purchasing goods made in America, and to also protect American workers. The first part of the EO includes… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and two of the group’s attorneys were included in the 2017 Chambers Global Guide. The 2017 guide includes 37 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and 23 practice areas. According to its website, Chambers and Partners selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the… Continue Reading
As April 28, 2017, approaches we are seeing the release of edits to proposed draft bills from the last session of Congress. Just today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) circulated a staff draft very similar to what was circulated in December 2016. We do expect to see other drafts being circulated from… Continue Reading
USCIS recently announced the release of a new edition of Form I-526, with the new edition dated 04/10/2017. Starting on June 9, 2017, USCIS will only accept the 04/10/2017 edition. Until then, investors can use the 12/23/2016 edition. Both editions of Form I-526 are available to download at no cost on the USCIS website. Investors… Continue Reading
The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hermansky has been elevated to shareholder in the Philadelphia office. Hermansky focuses her immigration practice on both employment-based and family-based immigration. Specifically, she focuses her practice on EB-5 immigrant investor visas. She has prepared and filed many immigrant investor… Continue Reading
Kate Kalmykov recently presented at the 2017 Invest in America Summit in Shenzhen, China. Kalmykov’s panel discussion “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Under New Immigration Policies” provided an overview of the basics of EB-5 and what to expect in the coming year.