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The odds of winning the jackpot in the Powerball lottery are 1 in 292 million. The odds of winning the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program – also known as the visa lottery – are better, though the numbers can still be daunting. Big numbers mean long odds The U.S. Department of State recently said there were 7,336,302 diversity visa entries (with their family members, it adds up to 13,191,296) registered for the 2022 lottery, which makes available 55,000 green cards (permanent resident visas) annually. Winners were chosen by a random drawing divided among a half-dozen geographical regions. Officials said that because…
Studies suggest that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in California and around the country, and providing them with a path to citizenship has been a political challenge for decades. Just hours after taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden sent a bill to Congress that would provide such a path. Administration officials say that the U.S. Citizenship Act will restore humanity to the immigration process, but passing the bill will require bipartisan support, and similar legislative efforts have failed in the past. The U.S. Citizenship Act If the U.S. Citizenship Act is passed and signed into…
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT Join our webinar to learn about how to make a direct EB-5 investment today at $500K. With the recent EB-5 rule change, the minimum investment amount has been temporarily reduced from $900K to $500K for an unknown period of time. Top EB-5 immigration attorneys will explain the immigration process for a direct EB-5 investor to obtain green cards for all family members as well as the immediate next steps that must be taken to begin the application process prior to a change in the minimum investment amount. CLICK HERE TO…
If you’re interested in having an LGBTQ+ immigrant or same-sex partner immigrate to California, you can benefit from learning more about how the visa process applies to this community. The United States began granting LGBTQ+ immigrants asylum who qualified under the Refugee Act of 1980 as having “membership in a social group”. The 2015 landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal in every U.S. state and territory. Learning about visas for LGBTQ+ immigrants Since same-sex marriage is now legal in all states, LGBTQ+ couples can go through the fiancé visa process just as opposite-sex couples do.…
On June 30, 2021, USCIS issued the following guidance for the EB-5 Regional Center Program as the program lapses with an uncertain future: Starting July 1, 2021, all Form I-526 and I-924 petitions related to regional center investments received by USCIS will be rejected. All I-526 and I-924 petitions related to regional center investments received prior to July 1, 2021 will be held by USCIS until further notice. USCIS will not adjudicate or review them until the EB-5 regional center program is reauthorized by Congress. Any Request for Evidence (RFE) of Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) issued prior to…
The cloud that surrounds the future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program – also known as the EB-5 visa – is creating concerns among investors as the program is expected to end this month, unless it is reauthorized. EB-5 visas have played a pivotal role in investors putting significant amounts of money into development projects throughout the United States. To date, it has generated more than $40 billion in capital investments. Jobs for U.S. workers that were created and saved exceeds 800,000. In this current time of economic recovery, the program is paramount to help various industries and improvements to…
EB-4 is a category of visa that allows for special immigrant status to certain parties that meet the requirements. Immigrants in the EB-4 category may also qualify to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States. The category is limited, which means that only so many can be allotted each year and requires the completion of Form I-360 to apply. Special immigrant status can be granted on employment-based requirements that qualify an individual for an EB-4 Green Card. Below we’ll explore some of the types of workers that may qualify for this status and potentially apply for an EB-4…
International student’s looking to study in the United States will need to obtain the proper student visa to enter the country legally. The three options for students are the F1, J1, or M1, and while each allows students to enter the country, they each have unique parameters and entitlements that come with them. F1 Visa For students coming to the U.S. for academic studies, an F1 visa will need to be obtained. It applies to students attending an English Language or other academic program and is one of the most common visas issued for students studying in the U.S. To…
EB-4 Visas are employment-based visas that are available to a limited selection of professionals. Only certain doctors and physicians are eligible, and they must meet strict criteria. If you are looking to move to the USA under one of these visas, it is very important that you fully understand the law. What types of physicians qualify for this visa? According to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, not every doctor is eligible for an EB-4 Visa. To qualify, a physician must: Have graduated from a foreign medical school Be licensed to practice medicine in a state Be able to…
California is an exceptionally popular state for immigrants, and with the state’s immigrant population constantly booming, many have wondered how you can qualify to get an EB-1 or EB-2 Visa. Here’s an overview. EB-1 Visa An EB-1 Visa is available to an immigrant or alien “of extraordinary ability.” This is part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to recruit the best and brightest from across the world to live and work in our country. It is given to individuals based on their employment status. To qualify, you must have: An extraordinary ability in a field like business or athletics. Have…