Steffanie Lewis's blog

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.

Violence and Persecution in Wake of BJP Victory in India Leads to Potential Justification for Asylum

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.