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Author: Rusten C. Hurd, Esq

President Trump Cannot End Birthright Citizenship

In late October, shortly before the midterm elections in the United States, President Donald Trump announced that he would sign an executive order ending what is known as “birthright citizenship.”  This move was seen as an effort to distract voters before the elections, as nearly all American legal scholars agree that President Trump lacks the legal authority to change the law in this way. Birthright citizenship is part of the United States Constitution.  It was added in 1868 by the 14th Amendment, after the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that essentially held that black Americans were not...

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Delayed EB-5 Application? Consider a Writ of Mandamus Federal Lawsuit to Obtain a Decision on Your Case

What is the EB-5 Visa Program and Why are the Visas Delayed? The EB-5 visa program is an investor visa program that allows foreign nationals and their dependents to reside in the United States in order to manage large-scale investments.  This program presently requires an investment of either $500,000 in a targeted employment area (TEA) or $1,000,000 anywhere in the United States as well as the creation of full-time employment for at least ten American workers.  This visa program ultimately allows an investor and his or her dependents to obtain lawful permanent residence and a path to US citizenship....

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E2 Visas Thailand – E2 Investor Visas for Thai Nationals

E2 investment visas are a great way for entrepreneurs to invest in an American business or commercial enterprise while gaining the ability to live in the United States to develop and direct that enterprise.  On average, over 400 E-2 visas are approved through the U.S. Consulate in Bangkok each year. For Thai nationals, this type of visa represents an opportunity for not only an investor to live in the United States, but for his or her spouse and children under the age of 21 to as well. In contrast to the EB-5 investor visa, which requires a minimum investment...

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Record Number of EB5 (I-526) Approvals for June 2018 at Colombo & Hurd

This past month was a banner month at Colombo & Hurd for approval of EB-5 I-526 Immigrant Petitions by Alien Entrepreneurs. A total of 19(!!) EB-5 petitions were approved for clients of Colombo & Hurd during June.  The total of just under twenty EB-5 approvals was a record for the firm but one that firm President Carlos Colombo anticipates will be surpassed in the near future. The Approvals included clients from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Venezuela with a wide array of overall processing times. Notably, several of the approvals were obtained in a time frame...

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The Three Most Important EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability) Visa Trends in the Trump Era

The EB-1 Visa is a self-petitioning green card application for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability. An EB-1 requires an individual to show that they have sustained national or international acclaim in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. It is a category reserved only for those who have risen to the top — the crème de la crème of their field. A person demonstrates extraordinary ability by showing a one-time major international achievement, such as the Nobel Prize or by providing extensive evidence to demonstrate that they qualify by meeting at least three other indications of an extraordinary individual...

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