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EB-5 Regional Center Annual Reports are Due by December 29, 2015

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

During its most recent stakeholders teleconference, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) reminded participants that regional center reports for 2015 Fiscal Year were due on October 1, 2015, and must be filed by no later than December 29, 2015. USCIS recommended that regional centers complete all fields on Form I-924A, and timely file the required reports. (more…)

USCIS and DOS Attempt to Clarify Increasingly Complex Visa Bulletin Situation

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

Each month, the Department of State (“DOS”) publishes current immigrant visa availability information in its Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available to prospective immigrants based on their individual priority date. (more…)

Payment Process for Immigrant Fees Simplified

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

In its continuing effort to increase user-friendliness, USCIS has simplified the process for paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee –currently $165 – online in its electronic immigration system. (more…)

USCIS Announces H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

USCIS announced that, as of January 26, 2015, it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015. (more…)

USCIS Issues Fliers About the President’s Executive Actions

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

As part of an effort to educate the public, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released two fliers regarding President Obama’s executive actions on its website. USCIS is encouraging the use of these fliers when communicating with individuals about these actions. (more…)