01 Jun 2020

EB5 Regional Centers

Most foreign nationals who apply for permanent residency (commonly, a “green card”), through the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) immigrant investor category, meet the investment requirement by using the regional center program. Although the EB5 petition process is largely identical whether the immigrant investor applies through...

29 May 2020

NewsFlash! Premium Processing Service Being Phased In, Starting 01.Jun.2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it would resume premium processing service in phases, beginning June 1, 2020. Per the announcement, premium processing will be made available as follows.Effective June 1, 2020, the USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium...

27 May 2020

NewsFlash! USCIS Plans to Resume In-Person Services on 04.Jun.2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) will resume on June 4, 2020. Per the announcement, the USCIS is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control...

13 May 2020

Updated Visa Bulletin Information and Predictions

During a recent virtual meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Charles Oppenheim, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, provided some updated information and a couple of predictions regarding the monthly visa bulletin. All predictions refer to...

30 Apr 2020

I have a green card and went to India in Nov ’19, planning on spending about five months with my family. But, with the ongoing outbreak, it seems I will be here for more than six months. Will this put my green card in jeopardy?

Answer Depending on the circumstances, if a lawful permanent resident, or "green card holder," takes an extended trip abroad, this can be interpreted to mean that the person has abandoned his or her residency in the United States. There is a presumption of abandonment when one...