From time to time, WA Law Group LLC posts items of interest to our clients about immigration topics.

Monah Shah and Associates Podcast with Jinhee Wilde

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE The increase in minimum investment for EB-5 and the program’s issues with retrogression have led to increasing interest in the E-2 program. On this episode, Mona and Mark are joined by Jinhee Wilde to discuss who is eligible for the E-2 investor visa and how long they can stay in…

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EB-5 Investors Conference

Kudos from William Dean in his LinkedIn post are gratefully accepted. He writes, I’ve attended the EB-5 Investors Conference four times now. The speakers this organization assembles are truly exceptional, especially the attorneys. Some are personable and comedic; others are eloquent, almost professorial… it’s a great mix, and just such a wonderful way to learn…

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The Invisible Wall Is Already Up and Running!

(Originally published at Lextalk) While President Trump’s rhetoric on stopping illegal immigration and his administration’s discontinuation of the DACA program and Temporary Protective Status for various Central American countries has dominated discussions of immigration law, a little-known fact is that this administration has been slowing, and in some cases, stopping even the legal immigration pathway in…

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EB-3 Other (unskilled worker) Category Immigration Program is Necessary for Some Employers and is a Long Standing, Valid Program

(Originally published at Lextak.com) Recently, a few immigration attorneys who predominantly focus their practices on EB-5 have published articles denigrating the usage of EB-3 Other (EW), the unskilled worker category, for immigration. This was precipitated after so many migration agents in Asia promoted this program to people who cannot afford the EB-5 program, because the visa…

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Role of the Migration Agency vs. Third-party Recruiter

By Jinhee Wilde, Esq. (originally published at Lextalk.com) There has been an alarming trend, first by the consular officers in Asia and now through Department of Homeland Security/USCIS (USCIS) to suspect and deny cases merely because the foreign worker applicant has engaged the services of a migration agent involved in the Employment-based immigration process. Historically, many…

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Indian H-1B filings set to drop by 50% this year

See the original article BENGALURU: Immigration experts believe there could be a sharp decline in the number of H-1B petitions filed by Indian IT services companies + this year following the tough environment created by the US administration under president Donald Trump. H-1B filings for the next fiscal began on April 2, and will conclude…

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Trump’s H1B visa policy to hit third-party supplier base of Indian IT firms

See original article US issues 85,000 H1B visas every year, including 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from US universities A new policy announced by US President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to hit the third-party supplier base of Indian information technology (IT) companies in the US. According to the policy, companies would now have to go…

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US to require would-be immigrants to turn over social media handles

See the original story The Trump administration plans to require immigrants applying to come to the United States to submit five years of social media history, it announced Thursday, setting up a potential scouring of their Twitter and Facebook histories. The move follows the administration’s emphasis on “extreme vetting” of would-be immigrants to the US,…

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USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna on New Agency Mission Statement

See the original story Release Date: Feb. 22, 2018 “In my short time as director of USCIS, I continue to be impressed by the commitment and dedication that employees throughout the agency have shown toward our common goals. USCIS employees are passionate about upholding the rule of law and ensuring the integrity of our immigration…

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