The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US federal agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The USCIS is responsible for processing and giving out most of the US visas. Alongside this, it also controls and maintains the EB-5 immigrant investor program. This is the department which grants permanent residency and citizenship to immigrant investors who partake in the EB-5 program. Other roles of the USCIS in the US include modifying claims of asylum seekers, issuing certificates that give permission for the future employment of immigrants, and judging the petition or non-immigrating workers, like those with the H1-B visas. The USCIS also grants legal status or permanent residency and issues American citizenship to those who make formal applications.

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EB-5 Program Update:

The EB-5 Program has lapsed. The US Congress is discussing the legislation that authorizes the program while USCIS reviews the regulations and policies for filing. Because of the recent court ruling that reversed the 2019 Modernization regulations, the investment level has shifted temporarily from $900,000 back to $500,000.

If the program is reauthorized before the regulations are updated, there may be another window of opportunity to file at $500,000.

LCR expects the program to be reauthorized in December, and continues to work with international families that want to explore alternative residency options.

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