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New State Dept. Form Asks Certain Visa Applicants ‘Supplemental Questions’ Regarding Social Media Usage
Posted on 07/11/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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A new Department of State form, DS-5535, for visa applicants asks supplemental questions of “[i]mmigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with… Read More

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Minor Lies Can’t Be Used to Revoke Citizenship, Supreme Court Rules
Posted on 07/11/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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On June 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the issue of when a lie during the naturalization process may lead to loss of U.S. citizenship (Opinion, PDF). Divna… Read More

USCIS Redesigns Green Card Application
Posted on 07/11/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The new Form I-485 and instructions “have been substantially updated to… Read More

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International Entrepreneur Final Rule Expected To Be Delayed, Scrapped
Posted on 07/11/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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A final rule on international entrepreneurs, issued by the Obama administration on January 17, 2017, and scheduled to take effect July 17, 2017, was recently returned to the Office of… Read More

New Draft Rules On Redeployment of EB-5 Capital to a New Project
Posted on 07/10/2017 by Ben Gaston

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The USCIS issued a new draft EB-5 policy on June 14, 2017 which states that a new I-526 will be required when EB-5 capital is redeployed, provided that: The first… Read More

Effects Of Increased Enforcement, Security, Nationalism On Immigration Law: An Overview
Posted on 07/07/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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This post provides an overview of recent developments in Canada and the United States with respect to increases in enforcement, security measures, and nationalism. Canada The election of Donald J. Trump… Read More

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Attorney Mark Ivener Summarizes Possible Changes To The Future Of EB-5
Posted on 06/07/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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A Los Angeles-based Immigration Lawyer’s Comments on Potential Future Changes to EB-5 Rules and Regulations. Los Angeles, CA: On January 13th, 2017, the Federal Register published a document titled “EB-5… Read More

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EB-5 Regional Center Extension
Posted on 06/02/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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Congress extended the EB-5 Regional Center statute with the continuing resolution to September 30, 2017. The statute has been extended a few times in the past couple of years. I… Read More

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Spending Bill Extends EB-5 Investor Visa Program to September 30; No Funding for Wall
Posted on 05/24/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, passed by Congress and signed May 7, extends the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program through September 30, 2017. The legislation also provides a large… Read More

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EB-5 Regional Center (RC) Statute Extension
Posted on 05/04/2017 by IVENER & FULLMER

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News reports say that Congress has agreed on a budget until September 30th. Section 542 extends the EB-5 RC statute without change to September 30th. Reports from Washington indicate that… Read More