Newsletter- May 2017

Newsletter- May 2017
May 19, 2017
   

Why Some Visa Applications Stall at the US Consulate

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With summer travel season quickly approaching, if you will be applying for a new visa for re-entry into the US, it’s important to understand possible setbacks to visa processing, especially in light of this administration’s goal to increase scrutiny on visa applicants. (more)

 

H-1B Cap Gap for F-1 Students Without a Rejection or Decision

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that data entry for this year’s cap cases has been completed and that petitions not selected in the lottery would begin to be returned. However, it may take several weeks for all unselected petitions to be returned.  (more)

 

DOS Will Implement Rigorous Screening of U.S. Visa Applicants

On May 4, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) issued a notice in the Federal Register proposing to request information from a subset of both immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.  (more)

 

EB-5 Update - Fast Alternative for U.S. Permanent Residency

On May 5, 2017, after months of uncertainty, Congress extended the EB-5 program through September 30, 2017 without changes. However, reform bills have been introduced in the U.S. Senate to increase in the investment amount from $500,000 to $800,000 or $1.35M.   (more)