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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2021.    The April Visa Bulletin shows fairly significant movement in the Final Action Dates in the EB-1 category for individuals born in China (PRC) and India, rendering the EB-1 category current for all countries of birth. There was also  modest forward movement in Final Action Dates in the EB-2, EB-3, and […]

On March 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), effective immediately. For a period of 18 months, citizens and nationals of Venezuela who are granted TPS are eligible to remain in the United States irrespective of their current or prior U.S. immigration status. In addition, TPS beneficiaries can obtain work authorization in the form of Employment Authorization Documents […]

Investors seeking U.S. permanent residency via the EB-5 process face increasingly extended delays due to extensive processing times for their immigrant petitions (Form I-526) by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  USCIS has alleged that it is within its discretion to further prolong Form I-526 processing times, which can currently be up to 68.5 months.  A group of 22 EB-5 investors recently obtained an important victory from a U.S. federal […]

On February 18, 2021, Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.  The companion bills are identical in their terms and are derived from President Biden’s “day one” legislative proposal for implementation of his immigration policy goals and initiatives.  As […]