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Congress extends EB-5 visa program for three more years

This blog has previously discussed the EB-5 investor's visa program. The immigration program was slated to expire at the end of this month. Congress is preparing to take a break until after the November election and time was beginning to run short.

11th circuit provides mixed results on Georgia, Alabama immigration laws, P.2

In the last post, this blog began a discussion of Monday's rulings from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on two of Florida's neighboring states' immigration laws. Florida is one of three states that are covered under the 11th circuit. The last entry looked at Monday's decision regarding injunctions in federal litigation challenging Georgia's state immigration law.

Update: Woman on parents' E-2 visas gets reprieve for birthday

On August 1, this blog discussed the plight of a woman who lives in the Midwest who was about to lose her legal status in the United States. The woman has been in the country since she was a small child on her parents' E-2 investor's visas. The young woman's legal status was to dissolve upon her 21st birthday (which was on August 8).

More on E-2 visas and family based visas

In the last post, this blog mentioned two separate types of visa programs under U.S. immigration law. Specifically, the last entry briefly touched on the family based visa program and a specific type of non-immigrant visa, known as the E-2 visa. Now is a good time to look at the two complex topics with a bit more focus.

Young immigrant to lose legal status after 17 years in country

Legal status for young immigrants has been an issue that has taken many forms in recent years, as far as the political debate is concerned. Efforts to pass a national DREAM Act have fallen short. The current administration is working on putting a work permit process together for young immigrants. But even that policy does not necessarily fully address the legal status issue for all young immigrants.

US Representative vows to challenge Obama immigration policy

A U.S. Representative from the Midwest says that a lawsuit challenging President Obama's shift in immigration policy for young undocumented immigrants could be filed in a few weeks. The lawmaker seeks to challenge the legal authority of the administration's policy on immigration that will provide work permits to up to 800,000 immigrants who entered the country as children. This blog has previously discussed the new immigration policy, which is still under construction in the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. hits 2012-2013 fiscal year H-1B visa cap in June

Federal immigration officials say that the cap on H-1B visas has already been reached. The quotas reportedly were reached last month in two areas related to specialty occupations under U.S. business immigration law. The H-1B visa program allows immigrants who have highly specialized knowledge to obtain a temporary non-immigrant visa.

Supreme Court hands down its ruling on Arizona's state immigration law

The United States Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited ruling on state immigration laws. People all across the country have been waiting for the ruling, including people in Florida. The Florida legislature considered several similar measures, especially last year. However, Florida lawmakers have not passed any similar measures. The high court upheld a portion of Arizona's state immigration law, while finding other parts unconstitutional under the doctrine of preemption.

Senate bill to make EB-5, E-Verify, other immigration programs permanent

Four United States immigration programs are scheduled to automatically end September 30 if Congress does not act. The four programs include the EB-5 investor visa program, the E-Verify program, Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program and a specialty visa waiver program for doctors, known as the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program.

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