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The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Hearings, Visas with 0 Comments
The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. However, that program came under intense scrutiny this week at a Senate Judiciary […]

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The Long Road to Biometric Entry Exit

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Border, Visas with 1 Comment
The Long Road to Biometric Entry Exit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report this week detailing visa overstays in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, estimating approximately 415,000 individuals overstayed their visa in the past year. The report was referenced heavily in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing this week, which focused on the failure […]

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Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

Written by on January 8, 2016 in Courts, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

In a breakthrough decision issued at the end of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which sits in New York City, ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide notice of its intent to revoke an immigrant visa petition to those who actually will be affected by the […]

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House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

While Congress may be backing away from targeting the refugee resettlement program in reaction to recent terrorist attacks, lawmakers appear to have found a new target: the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows travelers from certain countries to enter the United States without obtaining a visa in advance. Currently, 38 countries, including France, the […]

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Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Recently, a leaked memo related to the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing deliberations about reforming the employment-based immigrant visa system was published online. An “investigative associate” with the restrictionist organization Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) wrote an op-ed in The Hill making grossly inaccurate statements about the contents of the leaked memo—indicating that it applied […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Discusses Border Security, Executive Action, Refugees and PEP

DHS Secretary Johnson Discusses Border Security, Executive Action, Refugees and PEP

On Thursday, Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) addressed the 12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, covering a wide-range of topics, from border security to the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) to executive action and refugees. Secretary Johnson began his remarks calling attention to misinformation around border security. He clarified […]

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Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver

Written by on October 15, 2015 in Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver

A grave error was made last month by the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) when they dashed the hopes of thousands of would-be permanent resident applicants who had expected to apply to adjust their status in October, but became ineligible after DOS reissued the monthly Visa Bulletin. When a second Visa Bulletin […]

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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Written by on September 29, 2015 in Executive Action, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program

Written by on September 21, 2015 in Business, Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
Bipartisan Policy Center Report Makes a Case for the EB-5 Program

Related Content: New American Investors Making a Difference in the Economy In a new report, the Bipartisan Policy Center weighed in on the current discussion surrounding the immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, making a case for why the program has provided positive benefits and could continue to do so in the future. The report, EB-5 […]

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First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable

Written by on September 11, 2015 in USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a positive step, together with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), to encourage noncitizens to “stay the course” as they endure long waits for permanent residence. Beginning in October, more people who are waiting in the United States for an immigrant visa to be available to them […]

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