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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The July 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. Two major developments that will occur for next month is that the F2A family-based preference category will become current for all countries (including India, China, and Mexico), and that EB5 India will retrogress, from current to a priority date of 1 May 2017. F2A is expected to[…]

November 2017 Visa Bulletin

The November 2017 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most notably, the potentially monthly movement was less than anticipated in the October 2017 visa bulletin. November 2017 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 24 days to 15 November 2015, F2B preference advances 7 days to a PD of[…]

EB5 New Proposed Rule Increases Investment to $1.3 million & $1.8 million

USCIS made a surprise announcement with a new proposed rule today for EB5s. As many of my readers will know, Congress has tried to make many changes and increase the minimum investment for some time without success. Looks like DHS is taking matters into its own hands. The new proposed rule will be official published[…]

No EB5 visa law changes today

While many of us are holding are breaths on what changes will happen on the EB5 provisions- nothing of significance actually happened today. Today, the House passed a short-term funding bill (H.J. 2250) by a voice vote to avoid a government shutdown. The original EB-5 extension is included in the bill. Yesterday, the Senate passed[…]

PSB reports on EB5 Visa Program

The EB5 visa program is up for renewal on Friday December 11th.  While it is a controversial area of immigration law, it unequivocally has brought economic development and job creation to the US, particularly after the recent recession.  The pilot program for regional centers was going to expire on September 3oth.  While there was a[…]

Extended Visas for Citizens of China

This morning’s news shows interesting updates on US-China relationship, particularly in the arena of US immigration law.  Here are links to two stories:  Story 1 and Story 2.  In sum, student visas will be valid for 5 years and visitor visas will be valid for 10 years.  These lengths of validity exist for some other[…]

November 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The November 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:  F2A category advances 29 days taking the priority date to 1 March 2013; F2B preference advances 62 days with PD at 1 January 2008;  F4 category advances 18 days taking PD to 8[…]

EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program Update from USCIS

The USCIS held a stakeholder meeting today discussing updates on the EB5 program and current state of affairs.  The EB5 program Director Nicholas Colucci spoke extensively about the new office, staff and visions. Watson Immigration Law would like to thank the USCIS and Mr. Colucci for taking the time for this open discussion and the[…]