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Advocating Removal of Conditions for Good Faith Investors 600 337 Lincoln Stone

Advocating Removal of Conditions for Good Faith Investors

New capital investment by immigrant investors interested in the EB-5 visa regional center (“RC”) program may be on pause while Congress puzzles out a legislative solution from historic negotiations on trillion-dollar public investments in infrastructure and social programs.  Nevertheless, the petition process carries on for existing investors of private capital to remove the conditions on…

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Immigrant Capital Investment and Priority Infrastructure 999 749 Lincoln Stone

Immigrant Capital Investment and Priority Infrastructure

Through the Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) process, successive Administrations in the post-Cold War era sought to increase efficiency and cut costs in the Department of Defense by closing and realigning military bases.  For the 1990s economy of the Inland Empire of Southern California, the closures of Norton AFB (San Bernardino) and George AFB (Victorville),…

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U.S. Borders Reopening to Fully Vaccinated Travelers on November 8, 2021 1920 1231 Susan Pilcher

U.S. Borders Reopening to Fully Vaccinated Travelers on November 8, 2021

The White House has announced that widespread country-specific travel bans will be rescinded effective November 8, 2021 for fully vaccinated travelers.   Formal guidance has not yet been issued, but it is expected to apply equally to air travel and land borders.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), COVID-19 vaccines accepted…

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Presidential Proclamation 10199 Bans Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants Present in India 1280 905 Barbara Stone

Presidential Proclamation 10199 Bans Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants Present in India

In light of the surging COVID-19 infections in India, President Biden has authorized a travel ban for certain nonimmigrants present in India. Specifically, beginning May 4, 2021, the entry of nonimmigrants who have been present in India during the 14 days preceding their entry to the United States is prohibited under Presidential Proclamation 10199, “Suspension…

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President Biden Revokes COVID-19 Related Immigrant Visa Ban But Leaves in Place Other Travel Bans 849 565 Barbara Stone

President Biden Revokes COVID-19 Related Immigrant Visa Ban But Leaves in Place Other Travel Bans

On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an order revoking Presidential Proclamation 10014, which had banned the issuance of immigrant visas to most foreign nationals. Former President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 10014 on April 22, 2020 during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. It prevented the entry into the United States of individuals with…

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Federal Court Blocks USCIS Fee Increase 1920 1440 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Federal Court Blocks USCIS Fee Increase

The federal courts step in again to halt the executive branch from harming the interests of immigrants and organizations that serve them. Eight non-profit organizations[1] dedicated to serving immigrants sued to stop the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) from increasing its filing fees for immigration benefits. Today, September 29, 2020, Judge White of U.S. District…

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USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020 1000 559 SGG Immigration

USCIS Announces Filing Fee Increase Effective October 2, 2020

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced that USCIS filing fees will change as of October 2, 2020. Overall, the fees will increase by a weighted average of 20% since the last increase in 2016. However, several applications and petitions will become much more expensive. Here are some of the most significant…

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