Will We Get Parole for Entrepreneurs in 2016?

September 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Will We Get Parole for Entrepreneurs in 2016?

Without action from Congress on new immigration regulations to create a visa category for entrepreneurs, the Obama Administration has used existing regulations to create a path for entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. to start […]

Good News for Functional Managers

April 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Good News for Functional Managers

When determining whether a candidate meets the requirements of the L-1A visa category as a “functional manager”, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) must now look at all relevant factors, including oversight of employees […]

No More Shadows of Doubt Casted on F-1 Rule Re: Extension of STEM OPT

March 9th, 2016|Comments Off on No More Shadows of Doubt Casted on F-1 Rule Re: Extension of STEM OPT

Whether you follow the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil or not, last month on Groundhog’s Day the little herbivore failed to see his shadow and an early Spring season was predicted.  This announcement was hopeful news for […]

What Do the Presidential Front-Runners Think?

February 24th, 2016|Comments Off on What Do the Presidential Front-Runners Think?

Immigration has been a major subject of debate among politicians for decades. As a result, comprehensive immigration reform has been a pipe dream. As the election cycle plays out, Democrats and Republicans have become so […]

A New Trend: Executives Responsible for North America Region – Unintended Visa Consequences

February 19th, 2016|Comments Off on A New Trend: Executives Responsible for North America Region – Unintended Visa Consequences

Our CFO in Canada just got denied entry to the U.S.  What do we do?  This is a call that we seem to be getting more frequently from our Canadian corporate clients.   We have seen […]

The DHS may change its social media policy to vet visa applicants

December 21st, 2015|Comments Off on The DHS may change its social media policy to vet visa applicants

Immigration officials have been prohibited from using social media to vet U.S. visa applicants for years due to privacy concerns. Reviewing an applicant’s social media platform(s) could help officials with their research, and the DHS […]

EB-5 Program expected to extend through September 30, 2016

December 17th, 2015|Comments Off on EB-5 Program expected to extend through September 30, 2016

Congress recently recommended an extension of the EB-5 program through September 30, 2016. The extension proposal is part of the 2016 omnibus spending bill, which is expected to pass this Friday, December 18. As […]

In Brief: The Visa Waiver Program and new H.R. bill 158 proposal

December 10th, 2015|Comments Off on In Brief: The Visa Waiver Program and new H.R. bill 158 proposal

The House of Representatives recently passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act, H.R. 158, by a vote of 407-19. The bill would place additional restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program in an […]

EB-5 Due Diligence is a Must

December 8th, 2015|Comments Off on EB-5 Due Diligence is a Must

It is increasingly evident that EB-5 investors investing in Regional Centers need to conduct financial due diligence on the project and its Regional Center. As the EB-5 program faces more criticism for using disproportionate funding […]

The Twelve Days of (Immigration) Christmas

December 4th, 2015|Comments Off on The Twelve Days of (Immigration) Christmas

The holiday season is time for reflection on the immigration process and prospects for the coming year.  Much is in flux – immigration reform, mixed adjudication standards and so on.  But one thing we know […]