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As the auspicious month of Ramadan starts this week, Beshara Global Migration Law firm wishes all their Muslim clients and partners a joyous, peaceful and blessed month of Ramadan!

AILA Central Florida Managment Conference – May 4, 2018

Edward Beshara, Managing Partner and Robin Mulack, Senior Paralegal attended AILA Central Florida 2018 Practice Management Conference on how to make your Immigration Practice thrive even more as a business in an ever-evolving market. The Practice Management conference was packed with phenomenal speakers such as Reid Trautz Esq., (pictured in the middle), Director Practice and ProfessionalismCenter from the American Immigration Lawyers Association and many more.

Coming Events

The Investment Migration Forum – June 4 to 6, 2018

Edward Beshara, Managing Partner will be attending the Investment Migration Council (IMC) Forum in Geneva June 4-6, 2018. The Investment Migration Forum is the must-attend trendsetting forum of the global investment migration industry, where all leading players unite to unveil the latest thinking, developments and new programs. Be part of this unique forum and experience first-hand valuable information and excellent networking with key professionals, government officials, academics and thought leaders.

Edward will have a key role at the Forum. He is the Co-Chair of the morning session on the U.S. on June 6, 2018, and will be introducing the guest speakers. He is also a speaker and moderator on two panels: “Immigration to the United States” and “The Growing Market for Citizenship and Residence Panel”.

The Investment Migration Council (IMC) is the worldwide association for investor immigration and citizenship-by-investment, bringing together the leading stakeholders in the field and giving the industry a voice.

It will certainly be of interest for you to attend the Forum If you would like to hear RCbI industry insights first hand from key players and if you would like to meet with 300+ wealth managers, lawyers, financial advisers, migration agents, family offices and government officials from 45+ different jurisdictions. Please register.

Please visit http://investmentmigrationforum.org for all the information about the Forum agenda.

Looking forward to seeing you in Geneva!

Immigration News

Policy Alert: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in Volume 6 for EB-5 investors – May 2, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating policy guidance in Volume 6, Part G of the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the documentation of conditional permanent resident (CPR) status for employment-based fifth preference (EB-5) immigrants. USCIS Reaffirms that USCIS provides immigrant investors documentation of CPR status3 until the Form I-829 is adjudicated or a final order of removal is issued.

The U.S. ends immigration protections for thousands of Hondurans

The Trump administration said Friday, May 4, 2018, that it is ending special immigration protections for about 57,000 Hondurans, adding them to hundreds of thousands of immigrants from other countries battered by violence and natural disasters who are losing permission to be in the United States. Hondurans will have until Jan. 5, 2020, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. Source: Washington Post Article.

USCIS Completes CW-1 Cap Lottery for Fiscal Year 2019 and Returns All Unselected Petitions

On April 15, 2018, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough petitions to meet the fiscal year (FY) 2019 cap of 4,999 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. USCIS announced on April 11 that it had received CW-1 petitions for more than the number of visas available for FY 2019 and that it would conduct a lottery for petitions received between April 2 and April 13. The agency has completed data entry for all FY 2019 CW-1 cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery and has returned all petitions that were not selected in the lottery.

DHS To Take International Entrepreneur Rule Back

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken the first step on its path to rescinding the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), a program that allows qualifying foreign entrepreneurs an opportunity to stay in the United States while building start-up businesses. The proposed rescission cleared the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) on May 2, 2018. DHS is expected to publish a formal notice of the rule in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. Source: National Law Review.

Trump Administration to Expand Definition of “Public Charge” Grounds for Inadmissibility of Immigrants

The Trump administration is considering a policy change that might discourage immigrants who are seeking permanent residency from using government-supported health care. Under the proposed plan, a lawful immigrant holding a visa could be passed over for getting permanent residency — getting a green card — if they use Medicaid, a subsidized Obamacare plan, food stamps, tax credits or a list of other non-cash government benefits, according to a draft of the plan published by The Washington Post. Source: NPR News

USCIS and the Justice Department Formalize Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers from Discrimination and Combat Fraud – May 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that expands their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States. This new effort improves the way the agencies share information, collaborate on cases, and train each other’s investigators.

USCIS Changing Policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors – May 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States.

This policy aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States to enforce the immigration laws of the country and will go into effect on Aug. 9, 2018.

June 2018 Visa Bulletin Released – Almost no movement of cutoff dates.

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