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USCIS Fees Change October, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a sweeping overhaul of immigration and naturalization benefit request fees. The changes come in the midst of a major budget crisis for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The revised fee schedule will take effect on October 2, 2020 and will increase costs for most...

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Coronavirus: U.S. Bans Travel for Euorpeans

Since President Trump’s announcement to ban Europeans from traveling to or from the United States, the country is preparing for the consequences of the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This border closure has several consequences: Delays for immigration Financial losses Legal ramifications The consequences in terms of immigration Immigration concerns both non-residents seeking entrance to...

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Green Card Rule in Effect February 24, 2020

Last week the Supreme Court ruled to uphold one of President Trump’s immigration reform policies that may affect many green card applicants. The “public charge” rule will be implemented on the 24th of this month. This rule does not currently apply to applications originating from outside the United States. Green Card applicants currently in the...

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In God we trust and all others pay cash?

Under the current rules of the EB-5 Visa program (aka the Immigrant Investor Visa Program), eligible immigrant investors may become permanent residents with a ‘green card’ by investing cold hard cash.  Designed to stimulate the U.S. economy, this program became law in 1990. Currently, the required investment is $1 million in standard areas, or $500,000...

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Just Because You Can… Should You?

Would you extract your own tooth? Perform surgery on yourself? Shopping on amazon for things I don’t really need, I came across a few interesting items. Did you know amazon sells a surgical bone saw? Or a human rib spreader? Or dental extraction tools? Neither did I, until now. And the reviews, very entertaining! While...

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2019 Diversity Visa Results

Did you take part to the DV-2019 Green Card Lottery last October-November? Results will be available starting at noon today until September 30, 2018. You could be one of the lucky winners! To check your status, you will need to enter your confirmation number, your complete name, and year of birth. If you have won...

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Filing taxes as a foreigner

Whats an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)? In today’s global economy, business ventures increasingly reach overseas to leverage the established business operations and processes in new markets. Every year, more and more people decide to bring their business to the United States. If these individuals are not U.S. citizens, they are still required to file taxes...

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Green card lottery system malfunction

If you entered the green card lottery from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, you should probably re-apply. All entries submitted to the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the green card lottery, during that period were deleted from their system. This was due to a technical glitch, reports VOA.  Diversity Visas (DVs) The...