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Jia Zhao focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance. She advises multinational and midsized corporate clients and start-ups in achieving global workforce mobility in the fields of finance, architecture, real estate, consulting, health care, entertainment and hospitality. Jia counsels clients on many aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including all major employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant matters and regulatory compliance. Jia has experience handling a broad range of corporate immigration matters, with a focus on EB-1, L-1, O-1, H-1B, E-3, E-2 and TN. Jia also assists clients with adjustment of status, consular processing and naturalization process. Jia additionally dedicates a portion of her practice to EB-5 investor matters, and is a member of Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 group. She has experience representing investors in all three stages of the EB-5 process.

On July 21, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman’s Office published an alert regarding card production delays. According to the alert, in June 2020, USCIS reduced the capacity to print secure documents, including Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), after it ended a contract with a third-party card production facility. While USCIS intended to hire federal employees to replace the contractors, the current hiring freeze at USCIS has delayed production of the cards. As such, USCIS has not been producing the permanent resident cards and EAD cards in a timely manner, so some foreign nationals have been delayed in receiving these secure documents.
Continue Reading USCIS Card Production Delays & Obtaining I-551 Stamps as Temporary Proof of Status

The Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2020 Visa Bulletin, which shows significant advancement in most employment-based (EB) categories, particularly the EB-5 category.

根据国务院(DOS)最新发布的2020年3月签证排期表(Visa Bulletin),大多数职业类别的移民排期有大幅进展,尤其是EB-5投资移民类别。

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Continue Reading Significant Advancement in the EB-5 Category – March 2020 Visa Bulletin Update & Use of Chart B for Filing Adjustment of Status Applications

On May 17, 2019, EB-5 Industry stakeholder groups, led by the EB-5 Investment Coalition, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Real Estate Roundtable, IIUSA, Rural Alliance, Real Estate Board of New
Continue Reading EB-5 Industry Stakeholders Unveil Consensus Principles to Reform and Reauthorize the EB-5 Program

In a June 14, 2017 policy alert, USCIS updated its Policy Manual to provide further guidance regarding capital at risk requirements. Pursuant to the most recent Volume 6 of the
Continue Reading EB-5 Capital Redeployment: Top 10 Considerations for Investors When a Project Announces Redeployment