Foreign Investors are Eligible for a Green Card through the EB-5 Program

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Maneuvering through the immigration process and obtaining a green card can be confusing. There are several ways, however, to legally obtain a green card that many people may not know about. A hospital in Arizona is taking advantage of what is called the EB-5 program to not only provide a pathway for foreign investors to get a green card, but also to bring in much needed medical care for a local community.

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Guangzhou Consulate and NVC Begin Canceling Scheduled EB-5 Visa Interviews

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As a result of the announced May 1, 2015 EB-5 China Cut-off,  on April 22, 2015, , the Guangzhou consulate and the National Visa Center began sending out cancellation notices to immigrants who had been scheduled for EB-5 visa interviews. This is a new and unexpected development. The prevailing thought has always been that a visa number is assigned to an individual once the interview has been scheduled. This would allow Chinese national investors with both post May 1, 2013 priority dates, and interviews scheduled the opportunity to adjust status through the consular process regardless of the China cut-off. Unfortunately however, that practice is not being followed. Our office has received cancellation notices for investors under this exact scenario.

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Hirson Helps Sponsor High-Profile EB-5 Summit in China

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David Hirson & Partners, LLP is helping to sponsor the fifth-annual Invest in America Summit & Exhibition, which is the largest U.S. investment trade show and conference in China. Due to its popularity, this year’s conference will travel to three major Chinese cities, including the main event in Shanghai (March 14 and 15), Shenzhen (March 18), and Beijing (March 21).

The summit focuses specifically on the EB-5 investment program and is hosted by China’s preeminent emigration agency Wailian Oversea Consulting Group. Read more

USCIS Processing Times Are Dramatically Increasing

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Processing times at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIC) are constantly in flux. Average wait times are posted around the 15th of every month to reflect processing times as of the previous month.

Cases are processed typically in the order in which they are received. Even though processing timeframes have been condensed to 13.8 months, they are — in practice — taking much longer. Petitions at Regional Centers are taking upwards of 16 to 18 months, while direct investment petitions are taking even longer. Read more