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O-1 Visa Approved for Korean Golf Instructor

O-1 Visa Approved for Korean Golf Instructor

Colombo & Hurd is proud to announce the recent approval of an O-1 Visa for our client, a Golf Instructor and citizen of the Republic of Korea.  The O-1 is a non-immigrant visa reserved for foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.  Our client had achieved exceptional success both as a golfer and golf instructor.   His coaching methods include not only golf techniques, but also techniques that enable his students to be in...

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Haitian TPS Beneficiaries Continue to await Guidance from USCIS (Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS Holders also Impacted)

Haitian TPS Beneficiaries Continue to await Guidance from USCIS (Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS Holders also Impacted)

In November of 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, announced her decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti (with a delayed effective date of July 22, 2019) and Nicaragua (with a delayed effective date of January 5, 2019).   Secretary Duke has announced that additional information is necessary to make a determination on the designation for Honduras, thereby automatically extending it for 6 months until July 5, 2018.  TPS is granted by the...

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Skilled Workers, Professionals and Other Workers May Qualify for an EB-3 Visa

Individuals seeking to live and work in the United States face an intimidating array of choices regarding the visas that authorize an individual to do so. There are two main classes of visas. The first set is intended for immigrants seeking to permanently put down roots in the United States. There are five main classes of this type of visa for permanent workers. The other set of visas is intended for individuals seeking to live and work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Visas of this type are...

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EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa Approved for Folk Singer

EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa Approved for Folk Singer

Colombo & Hurd is happy to announce the approval of an EB-1 Visa based on Extraordinary Ability for our client, a Mongolian folk singer and pop star who is nationally and internationally renowned.  USCIS agreed with our assertion that our client is an extraordinary songwriter and vocalist of traditional long draw song, a center element of traditional Mongolian music that is a rare skill. She has been recognized for her contribution to revitalizing and preserving the traditional music...

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How Long Does it Take to Obtain an E2 Visa?

How Long Does it Take to Obtain an E2 Visa?

The E-2 investment visa allows foreign investors to obtain a visa to reside in the the United States with their immediate family to direct and develop a commercial enterprise.  Applicants must fulfill certain criteria in order to obtain an E-2 visa, including making a substantial investment in an active and ongoing commercial enterprise. Prior to applying, many questions may arise, such as exactly how long it will take to obtain an E2 visa.  The answer depends on two separate factors.  First,...

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Renewal of EB-5 Regional Center Program Sits on the Precipice

Renewal of EB-5 Regional Center Program Sits on the Precipice

The EB-5 visa program is a popular yet controversial investment visa program that may once again be in jeopardy.  Under the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals and their dependents are permitted to reside in the United States to manage large scale investments.  Applicants can make an investment of $500,000 in a designated regional center, or an investment of $1,000,000 anywhere in the United States. While this program was originally intended to bolster the economies of impoverished and...

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Trump Administration Efforts to Impose Quotas on Immigration Judges Casts Doubt on Fairness of Immigration Court Proceedings

Trump Administration Efforts to Impose Quotas on Immigration Judges Casts Doubt on Fairness of Immigration Court Proceedings

In deportation proceedings, when one of our clients appears before the Immigration Judge, we expect that judge will be fair and impartial.  We should not expect that the judge will simply be moving that person along in an attempt to meet an arbitrary quota imposed by his boss for the number of cases that must be heard in a given day, week, or month.  Yet in his latest pronouncement, that is exactly what President Trump wants immigration judges to do — bringing renewed attention to what many...

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E2 Visa Approved for Canadian National at US Consulate in Toronto

E2 Visa Approved for Canadian National at US Consulate in Toronto

We are proud to announce the E2 Visa approval for one of our Canadian clients who recently purchased a franchise specializing in signage and marketing. Our client purchased an existing franchise that provides a variety of materials for its clients including banners, storefront signs, digital displays and more. Our client underwent the interview in Toronto 17 days after we filed his application and was approved immediately following the interview for a five year E-2...

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Carlos Colombo Presenting on the EB-5 Visa and US Investor Visas at Cannes Expo

Carlos Colombo Presenting on the EB-5 Visa and US Investor Visas at Cannes Expo

Colombo & Hurd, PL is honored to be a sponsor of the Cannes International Emigration & Luxury Property Expo on October 26th and 27th, 2017. The Cannes Expo is the world’s leading exhibition featuring companies from over 30 countries dedicated to immigration, luxury real estate, and private financial consulting and will be held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes. France.  Colombo & Hurd’s founding partner, Carlos M. Colombo, is one of the select speakers presenting...

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How to Prepare for an Immigration Interview at USCIS

How to Prepare for an Immigration Interview at USCIS

An immigration interview with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be a nerve-wracking experience.  One of the questions we get the most here at the firm is what is going to happen at my immigration interview and how do I need to prepare?  While interviews are a normal part of the process in obtaining permanent residency (often known as a green card) it can be stressful for anyone who is not familiar with the process.  Understanding what will happen at an immigration interview at USCIS can help ease your mind, and will help you prepare for the interview itself.

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Obtaining an E-2 Visa in Florida

Obtaining an E-2 Visa in Florida

For immigrants looking to make an investment in the United States, an E-2 investor visa may be an appropriate option for an investor who wishes to direct and develop a commercial enterprise in which they have invested a substantial amount of money or capital. This type of visa allows  citizens of certain countries to live and work in the United States for up to five years (depending on the treaty country), with the option to renew the visa for additional periods while the business is in...

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Florida Police Acting Like Immigration Agents Despite Promises

Florida Police Acting Like Immigration Agents Despite Promises

It is no surprise that since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, immigration raids and deportations have increased. President Trump campaigned on harsh anti-immigration policies, and has continued to take a stance against all types of immigration. He appointed an attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who was well known as a senator for being fiercely opposed to illegal immigration. His pick for chief of the Department of Homeland Security — and now his Chief of Staff — has also...

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E-2 Visa Approved at US Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela for Grocery Store

E-2 Visa Approved at US Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela for Grocery Store

We are proud to announce that our client of dual Italian and Venezuelan citizenship was recently approved for an E-2 Visa from the U.S. Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela.  Our client will be operating a grocery store in Florida.  He was approved for a 5-year E-2 Visa based on our submission. If you would like to learn more about the potential to invest in the U.S. to obtain an E-2 Visa, contact Colombo & Hurd today at our Orlando office at (407) 478-1111 or our Miami office at (305) 455-0590...

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How a Proposed Change in Student Visa Requirements Will Impact American Colleges and Universities

How a Proposed Change in Student Visa Requirements Will Impact American Colleges and Universities

Under a new proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), foreign students may have to apply for permission to remain in the United States each year that they are in school — which may prove disastrous for colleges and universities that rely on international students to support their burgeoning costs. Currently, there are 20 million students attending colleges and universities across the United States. Approximately 5 percent — or 1 million — of these students are foreign students....

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Administration Considers Expanding the Deportation Powers of the Department of Homeland Security

Administration Considers Expanding the Deportation Powers of the Department of Homeland Security

According to an internal memorandum by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Trump Administration is weighing a dramatic expansion of the agency’s power to deport undocumented immigrants. The proposal would allow federal agents to deport undocumented immigrants without a hearing, and may result in an abuse of process and in immigrants losing their legal rights. Current Deportation Authority Is Limited As the law currently stands, DHS and its federal agents are only authorized to...

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E-2 Visa Extension Requirements

E-2 Visa Extension Requirements

For foreign investors, E-2 visas are frequently an attractive option. Foreign nationals can invest in a commercial enterprise in the United States, and obtain a visa to enter the United States to direct and develop the business. These visas are for a period of from three months to five years (depending on the specific treaty with the foreign national’s country) and can be renewed. Unlike other types of visas, an E-2 visa does not have a direct path to permanent residency. For immigrants who...

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Supreme Court Clarifies Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban

Supreme Court Clarifies Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban

Shortly after his inauguration in January, President Trump signed an executive order that placed limits on the ability of nationals of seven majority Muslim counties to travel to the United States. Under this order — which quickly became known as a “travel ban” — citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq were largely prevented from entering the United States. Later, Iraq was removed from the list of countries on the list via a separate executive order. Protests immediately...

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Investment in a Franchise to Obtain the E-2 Visa

Advantages and Disadvantages of Investment in a Franchise to Obtain the E-2 Visa

E-2 investor visas permit foreign nationals to enter the United States to direct and develop a commercial enterprise in which they have invested a substantial amount of money or capital. There are numerous requirements for obtaining an E-2 investor visa that must be demonstrated before the visa will be approved. Many of these criteria can be challenging to prove which is why many investors consider a franchise to be an ideal choice for obtaining an E-2 visa.   However, this is not always the...

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Bipartisan DREAM Act May Provide Dreamers with a Path to Citizenship

Bipartisan DREAM Act May Provide Dreamers with a Path to Citizenship

Immigration has long been a hot topic in both political and legal news, particularly when it comes to programs that are designed to assist undocumented immigrants in obtaining legal status. Many of these programs are now under threat by the Trump administration, including a popular measure intended to help young adults avoid deportation. A new bipartisan bill may help these young adults achieve permanent residency and ultimately, citizenship. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

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