As of August 23, 2014, the EB – 5 preference quota is “unavailable” to cases from China for the remainder of FY – 2014, which ends September 30th. However, it would be wise for Chinese applicants to continue to apply. Cases accepted by the USCIS will be placed in “pending status” until the new FY – 2015 allocation begins in October.
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A Connecticut based landscaping firm was recently fined by the US Department of Labor (DOL) (Press Release ). The company will pay $280,000 in back wages to 80 workers and nine job applicants and $20,000 in civil money penalties.
After nearly 20 years of countless debates and the evaluations of four attorney general’s, the Board of Immigration (BIA) has finally addressed the issue whether domestic violence can, in some instances, form the basis for a claim of asylum or withholding of removal.
With the recent news about the increase in the number of child immigrants from Central America reaching our borders, we're seeing more attention given to the problems of violence and poverty in that region.
New violence in India directed against activists holding certain political opinions creates possibility of potential asylum claims, in particular, supporters of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) who have been specifically targeted with violence and persecution may be eligible for asylum in the US.