31 Jul 2019

I filed an EB5 case a few months ago and my I-526 petition is still pending. I just heard that there are new rules being issued that are raising the investment requirements. Will this impact my case?

Answer On November 21, 2019, a new regulation will go into effect that raises the minimum investment amount for EB5 cases to $1.8 million, or $900,000 if the investment is made in a targeted employment area (TEA). A TEA is a rural area or area of...

23 Jul 2019

NewsFlash! Rule Increasing EB5 Investment Requirements Effective 21.Nov.2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register a final rule related to the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) immigrant investor program that will dramatically increase the minimum investment requirements, among other changes. The final rule will apply only...

13 Jun 2019

July 2019 Visa Bulletin: Significant Movement in Multiple Categories

The July 2019 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). There are some notable movements in family-based (FB) as well as employment-based (EB) categories. Most significantly, the F2A category becomes current for all countries of chargeability, as well as the...

02 Oct 2018

NewsFlash! USCIS Goes Back to Using “Dates for Filing Chart” in Oct 2018 Visa Bulletin for All Categories

This morning, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed course, updating the adjustment-of-status filing charts webpage yet again to indicate that the more favorable dates for filing (DF) chart dates may be used for both family- and employment-based cases in the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. No...

01 Oct 2018

NewsFlash! Employment-Based Cases Now Must Use “Final Action Chart” in Oct Visa Bulletin

Earlier today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the adjustment-of-status filing charts webpage to indicate that only the less favorable final action (FA) chart dates may be used for employment-based cases in the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. The USCIS had previously indicated that...

23 May 2018

June 2018 Visa Bulletin Check-In: Possible Advancement for EB2 and EB3 India

Charles Oppenheim, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, provides visa bulletin explanations and predictions most months. For June 2018, Mr. Oppenheim discusses the possibility of movement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) and employment-based, third preference (EB3)...