Authors: Ashik Jahan

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Immigrant Investor Program The Immigrant Investor Program, commonly known as EB-5, was established to stimulate the U.S. economy by giving foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to permanently live and work in the U.S. after investing in an American commercial enterprise. Recently, USCIS has raised the required $500,000/$1 million minimum investment requirement to $900,000/$1.8 million. The new rule also changes how Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs) are identified

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq.  President Donald Trump issued a proclamation earlier this month that will require immigrants to prove they can obtain health insurance before they can immigrate to, or obtain permanent residency in, the United States.  The presidential proclamation will not affect refugees, asylum seekers or people on temporary visitor visas, but requires other intending immigrants to demonstrate they will have health insurance within 30 days

By:  Ashik Jahan, Esq. and Dorothea Hockel U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that makes a number of significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 program allows individuals to apply for a Green Card in the United States if they make an investment in a corresponding U.S. area and create, or preserve, 10 full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. The  final rule

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. and Dorthea Hockel The U.S. Department of State has recently released the new Visa Bulletin for August 2019, which shows a substantial retrogression in family and employment based categories. The most noticeable change in the Final Action Dates can be seen in the employment-based (EB) categories. The EB-3 worldwide category will retrogress to July 1, 2016, and for applicants born in India it will retrogress

By: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. & Bara Ahmad The State Department recently implemented a new policy that requires all visa applicants to provide information about all social media accounts the applicant has been active on over the past five years. Previously, visa applicants were required to provide the U.S. government with information regarding their address history, employment history, travel history, as well as family member information. Requiring visa applicants

Ashik Jahan, Esq. USCIS resumes premium processing for H1B petitions. https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-h-1b-petitions-filed-or-dec-21-2018 Trump administration pushes forward with plans to end EAD for H4 spouses, but challenges to their plans loom. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/21/h-1b-spouse-work-ban-pushed-ahead-by-homeland-security/  

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Thousands of immigrants and their families face uncertainty and lengthy delays in hearings before immigration judges as the longest U.S. government shutdown in history causes massive backlogs in immigration courts across the country. Three-quarters of the immigration judges who work for the U.S. Department of Justice are on unpaid leave because of the shutdown, compounding strain on a court system that already has a backlog

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan The government shutdown over a border wall ironically leads to the shutdown of E-Verify, the program used to confirm eligibility of an employee to work in the U.S. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/03/681969112/an-irony-shutdown-fight-over-border-security-takes-toll-on-immigration-enforceme

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq.  https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-policy-guidance-certain-requests-evidence-and-notices-intent-deny USCIS guidance regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing an RFE or NOID in certain circumstances will take effect next Tuesday, September 11, 2018. In July, USCIS had issued a policy memo with guidance to adjudicators regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a RFE (Request for Evidence) or NOID (Notice of

DHS published a final rule in today’s Federal Register increasing the premium processing filing fee by 14.92 percent, changing it from $1,225 to $1,410. The rule is effective October 1, 2018, and applications postmarked on or after that date must include the new fee. https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusting-premium-processing-fee