Immigration Law

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'Tis the Season to Travel
Posted on 21 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As many foreign nationals will be traveling abroad over the upcoming holiday season, this brief travel memo summarizes the basic requirements for international travel/return to the United States. Please note that DHS and DOS policy often changes... Read More

5 Reasons Why the EB-5 Program Will Flourish in 2014: Bernard P. Wolfsdorf
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This year, the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Category will be 24 years old. 2014 is also the Year of the Horse on the Chinese Zodiac, and the spirit of the horse embodies unremitting efforts to improve. Over the past two years, the EB-5 Program has undergone... Read More

President Obama Signs 3-Year Conrad 30 Program Extension for Foreign National Physicians as J-1 Waiver Filing Season Opens October 1 in Many States
Posted on 3 Oct 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

By: Sarah J. Baker, Esq. Each year, the H-1B "season," which commences when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B visa petitions on April 1 for an October 1 employment start date, receives significant attention... Read More

Free Webinars @ Wolfsdorf
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

I count 19 between Dec. 13, 2012 and Nov. 14, 2013, plus links to past webinars. - Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group, Dec. 2012 . Read More

Wolfsdorf Practice Advisory on EB-5, China Cutoff, CSPA, Age-Out
Posted on 15 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Yesterday, I presented the panel discussion at the IIUSA meeting in Washington, D.C. with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State. He announced the establishment of China EB-5 Cut-off... Read More

Update on Wait Lines for Chinese EB-5 Investors
Posted on 14 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The update in the March 2013 Visa Bulletin brings good news. It states: “Currently there is no reason to believe that it will be necessary to establish a China Employment Fifth preference category cut-off date during FY-2013, since demand... Read More

Wolfsdorf on Minors as Primary EB-5 Applicants
Posted on 1 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf , Esq. and Joseph M. Barnett, Esq., June 27, 2016 - "This article should be read together with the blog co-authored with Catherine DeBono Holmes , Esquire, a top securities Lawyer, “ Suggested Procedures and Possible Options... Read More

Tags: minors , eb-5 , Wolfsdorf

EB-5 Policy Memo Deserves an “A” – The Dawn of a New Era in EB-5 Adjudications
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After lengthy review, USCIS issued its long-awaited new EB-5 Policy Memorandum on May 30, 2013. In our December 2012 blog we: 1) Pointed out the need for predictability, including providing opportunity for comment before adopting new positions... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , Wolfsdorf , memo

China EB-5 Cut-off Update: May 2015 or June 2015 - That is the Question?
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State April Visa Bulletin has now clearly stated that, “The establishment of [the China EB-5 cut-off] date can be expected no later than June [2015]”. Item D of the February 2015 Visa Bulletin advised that the expected... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , China , Wolfsdorf

What Does the October 2016 Visa Bulletin Mean for EB-5s? - Wolfsdorf
Posted on 12 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Robert J. Blanco, and Joseph M. Barnett, Sept. 9, 2016 - "In the next few days, USCIS will announce whether applicants may file an application to adjust status in the U.S. if their Priority Date is current according to the later... Read More

Wolfsdorf on the Visa Bulletin: To (Chart) B or Not to (Chart) B?
Posted on 24 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Robert Blanco and Joseph M. Barnett, Aug. 22, 2016 - " If USCIS does open Chart B to allow for Form I-485 filings, there is still a critical, unanswered question: Is a child’s age “frozen” under the Child Status... Read More

SEC Clears Way (with Strict Rules) to Attract EB-5 Immigrant Investors
Posted on 13 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On July 12, 2013 Bernard P. Wolfsdorf and Adam Francoeur wrote : " Following the April passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the elimination of the ban... Read More

EB-5 Predictions for 2015, the Year of the Goat - Bernard Wolfsdorf
Posted on 21 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"February 19, 2015 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This will be the Year of the Goat, an animal known for its determination, elegance and good nature. The goat is also known to worry too much and while others impose on it, it is stronger... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , goat , 2015 , Wolfsdorf

EB-5 Hot Topics: China, Retrogression and More - Bernard Wolfsdorf
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two events have recently impacted the popular EB-5 program and many are anxious to understand their impact. The Chinese economy has slowed from a dizzying double digit annual GDP growth rate, down to about 7.5% and, as a result, real estate prices... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , China , Wolfsdorf

Wolfsdorf on China EB-5 Cutoff Date Problems; Apr. 22, 2015
Posted on 23 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On April 22, 2015 Bernard Wolfsdorf posted two pieces on his blog about China EB-5 cutoff date problems, here and here . Read More