News and Alerts

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Reaches Cap for the First Time for Chinese FY -2014 Applications

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.

Failing to Hire U.S. Workers? Underpaying Temporary Workers? Violating theH-2B Temporary Visa Program Will Cost You More than Your Reputation!

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.

Remember the Dates: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extension and Redesignation of Sudan and South Sudan

On September 2, 2014, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an 18 – month extension of the designation and redesignation of certain nationals of Sudan and South Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). (Federal Register Notice) This extension allows currently eligible beneficiaries from the two countries to retain their TPS status effective from November 3, 2014 through May 2, 2016, so long as they otherwise

USCIS Giving Immigration Relief Measures to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone Nationals Currently Living in the United States

Life changing events such as natural catastrophes and other extreme occurrences can have unintended consequences.  Headline news events such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of many examples.  While closely monitoring the situation, the U.S.