Investors, Traders and Entrepreneurs (E visas and Permanent Residence)

The US Government recently streamlined procedures for E visa applications, allowing easier and quicker cross-border travel to the US from Canada.  Applicants applying to renew their E visas may now submit minimal supporting documentation to the consulate, whereas, previously, the consulate required in depth evidence and material prior to setting up a visa appointment.  You

Why isn’t there an E-1 Trader or E-2 Investor Treaty between the US and India? 

This question came to mind again while I was working on an E-2 Treaty Investor case for a Canadian citizen who was born in India.  It occurred to me how peculiar it was that except for being a Canadian citizen,

Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories with AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association). 

Below are highlights from the most recent “check-in with Charlie”, reflecting his analysis of current trends and future

The new federal fiscal year begins on October 1, bringing an infusion of visa numbers.  Recently, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, recently shared his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories with AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association).

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The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance operations, is continuing to experience technical problems, which is limiting the State Department’s visa processing capacity.  As a result, are widespread delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance worldwide.  In conjunction with the Department of State (DOS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection

As many of you already know, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) implemented an electronic Form I-94 process in 2013, which means that (most) nonimmigrant U.S. travelers no longer fill out a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record when they arrive in the U.S.  Instead, the CBP gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic

U.S. PassportAn unspecified glitch in a global database used by the US government to issue passports and travel visas has left countless people around the world unable to travel for the last few days, according to State Department officials.

The database, known as the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), is one of the largest Oracle-based data warehouses

With the year 2013 coming to a close and the holiday season here, many people may be planning trips outside the U.S.  If you are a nonimmigrant seeking readmission (or initial admission) to the U.S., you may be aware that paper I-94 Arrival/Departure Records are no longer in use at airports and sea ports of

Persons who are not U.S. citizens but are present in the U.S. must report a change of address to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with few exceptions, within 10 days of a move. 

To make the address reporting process more user-friendly, USCIS considered customer feedback and today introduced a new online Change of

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) have jointly issued an Investor Alert to warn potential investors about fraudulent investment scams that exploit the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5.” The SEC and USCIS have issued this alert in response to