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New System, Same Result

 

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

The new “two-pronged” priority date system announced recently by the U.S. State Department appears, thus far, to promise more of the same for foreign nationals in historically over-subscribed visa categories. (more…)

EB-5 Retrogresses By Two Years in May 2015 for Nationals of China

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

The Department of State has released its Visa Bulletin for May 2015 and, as predicted back in October 2014 by Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charles Oppenheim, the EB-5 category will retrogress for nationals of China.  The cut-off for processing will be May 1, 2013.  The cut-off date for a foreign national is established by the filing date of the I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur and is shown on the receipt notice in the “Priority Date” box.  As such, Chinese nationals who wish to adjust their status to legal permanent resident in May 2015 must have a priority date of May 1, 2013 or earlier. (more…)

Top Twelve EB-5 Countries by US Immigrant Visa Issuance

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

According to the U.S. Department of States’ Report of the Visa Office 2014, below following is a ranking of the top EB-5 countries ranked according to the number of EB-5 visas issued in the 2014 fiscal year. (more…)

U.S. & China Extend Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

As a reminder, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping from the People’s Republic of China to discuss U.S. and China foreign relations in November of this year, President Obama announced changes to certain visas issued to Chinese nationals in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement. (more…)

Extensions of Visa Validity Periods for Chinese Nationals

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

This week, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released additional changes to its Reciprocity Table following President Barack Obama’s announcement of a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy between the United States and China. (more…)