What is happening with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?

Since 1990, the EB-5 immigrant investor program has allowed foreign investors to receive permanent residence for their family members by allowing them to invest money in approved businesses, which must create at least 10 full-time jobs. The program had undergone…

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New International Entrepreneur Parole Rule

International entrepreneurs and U.S. investors might be interested to know that the Biden administration recently revived the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), which was first introduced under the Obama Administration and was suspended under Trump’s administration. According to the federal government,…

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Biden Administration Revokes Trump Era “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order

On January 25, 2021,  President Biden issued an executive order (“Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers”), which effectively revoked Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order (“BAHA”).  The revocation of BAHA may represent a shift in employment-based…

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USCIS Extends Time to Respond to Requests for Evidence and Other Case Requests Due to Pandemic, Once Again

On December 18, 2020, USCIS issued a new notice, adding to a previous notice, extending the period of time individuals can respond to certain requests. The notice states: USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency RequestsIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)…

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Here’s why we oppose Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020 H.R. 1044, as amended by S. 386.

Badmus & Associates joins with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in opposition to the  Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020 H.R. 1044, as amended by S. 386.  Don’t get us wrong.  We absolutely support removing the per-country…

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USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test. The agency first announced plans to revise the civics test in July 2019. USCIS revised the civics test as part of a decennial…

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USCIS Increases Application Fees Starting October 2, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday, July 31 that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase its fees by an average of 20% starting on October 2, 2020. USCIS cites the fact that it is 97% fee funded and…

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UPDATE on Potential USCIS Layoffs

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) was originally planning to furlough 13,000 of its workers if no Congressional action was taken before August 3, but has now pushed the start of the furlough to August 31. Although USCIS had financial troubles prior…

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National Interest Exceptions to Immigration Bans Are Possible for Some Visa Applicants

Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 suspended the entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants until December 31, 2020. However, there are certain exceptions for individuals whose travel to the United States would be in the national interest that have been updated by the…

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Potential National Interest Exemptions Available for Some Travelers from Europe

The Department of State (DOS) is clarifying some aspects on what kind of individuals may qualify for the national interest exemptions under Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Schengen Area) and 9996 (United Kingdom and Ireland). On July 16, 2020, a notice was issued by…

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