It is a common misconception to think that prior approval from immigration agencies will be a positive factor for new immigration applications. That is not always the case. And, in fact, immigration agencies came out with a new explicit rule this fall that prior approval will not be taken into consideration when evaluating extensions of nonimmigrant visas.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this fall that in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017, all applicants that filed an I-140 (Immigration Petition for Alien Worker) will be required to attend an interview.
The Trump administration announced on September 5, 2017, that they will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. DACA is a law that allows undocumented immigrants that qualify to receive two-year work permits and to receive an exemption from deportation. President Obama created the immigration policy in 2012 to stall deportation efforts against immigrants that were brought to the United States as children.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Employment-Based Fifth Preference Visa, is an opportunity not only to invest money in United States capital projects, but most importantly, to obtain a green card (permanent residency) for you and your family. Applying for permanent residency through the EB-5 Program provides great benefits because there are no country limits or sponsor requirements. Furthermore, for Chinese and Indian nationals, the processing time is significantly less than other immigration applications and categories.
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