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USCIS Policy Change Will Affeect Many Nonimmigrant Extensions
Posted on 11/09/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated it’s policy guidelines, and these updates may have an effect on nonimmigrant visa extensions. Essentially, USCIS has instructed all officers to review… Read More

The Canadian European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has begun as of September 21st, 2017
Posted on 10/26/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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The Canadian European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) adds new labor mobility rulings for citizens of the EU interested in migrating to Canada for work/business purposes. The list of… Read More

Designated Regional Centers Form I-924A Filing Period is Now Open
Posted on 10/15/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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The fiscal year for immigration is approaching on September 30th and EB-5 regional centers are required to file the Annual Certification of Regional Center Form I-924-A. The submission of form… Read More

Backlog of EB-5 Visa applications can be fixed with Reform Bill
Posted on 10/13/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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Currently the success of the EB-5 Visa program is at risk because of a backlog of EB-5 visa applicants who are still awaiting processing and admittance into the United States.… Read More

The Department of State Increases Scrutiny with 90 Day Rule in the Foreign Affairs Manual for New Immigrants to the U.S.
Posted on 10/09/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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A recent update has been made to the Foreign Affairs Manual with section FAM 302.9-4(B)(3). Originally if a person filed for adjustment of their visa within 30 days of entry… Read More

Ninth Circuit’s Ruling on the Travel Ban Swiftly Rejected by Supreme Court
Posted on 10/07/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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On September 7, 2017 a ruling was created so that certain qualifying relatives of immigrants from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Libya would be admitted to the U.S. during… Read More

Travel Ban Updated with New Countries, New Rules, and No Time Limit
Posted on 10/04/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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On Sunday September 24th President Donald Trump signed a new amendment to his executive order 17380, better known as the travel ban. The original travel ban was created for “protecting… Read More

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended As Part of Congress’ Debt Ceiling Deal
Posted on 09/11/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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Extension of EB-5 Regional Center Program Congress has extended the EB-5 Regional Center program through December 8, 2017, without reform. This extension is part of a stopgap Continuing Resolution orchestrated… Read More

CBP Department Adds Facial Recognition Biometric Technology at Major International Airports
Posted on 09/01/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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The United States Customs and Border Protection department has recently announced a new advancement in security regulations at U.S. ports of entry. The CBP has started using facial recognition biometric… Read More

CBP Will No Longer Allow Attorneys in Secondary Inspection at all Ports of Entry
Posted on 08/29/2017 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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New CBP Policy will have consequences at all ports of entry for US immigrants and EB-5 Visa applicants The United States Customs and Border Protection department has announced that they… Read More